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In recent years, general manager Martin Mayhew and the Detroit Lions have used the draft philosophy of taking the best player available, and for the most part, it has paid off.
But following the departure of Cliff Avril, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Lawrence Jackson, and Sammie Hill, it was clear that the Lions needed to reload along the defensive front and take a more need-based approach.
After the top three offensive tackles went off the board in the first four picks, it shouldn’t have surprised anyone that Detroit opted to select BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah with the fifth overall pick.
Many mock drafts had the Lions taking Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner instead, but recent news revealed that he had undergone five different surgeries to address various injuries. One has to wonder if that was a major factor Detroit passing on him.
Considering all of the injuries that have plagued the Lions in recent years (especially to their top draft picks), player durability was likely a big concer...
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One of the smartest things the Detroit Lions could do now would be to send Jim Schwartz on another draft mission: go talk with Kyle Vanden Bosch once again. But this time, the conversation might revolve around making KVB a “mentor-coach” for the team.
Kyle Vanden Bosch’s skills as a defensive end are undeniable, however age and injuries have worked to limit his effectiveness...
The searching, analyzing and choosing are over. Now the real work begins. The Detroit Lions’ coaching staff now has to carefully and skillfully work with the raw materials they have found. For fans of the team, the waiting begins.
The Lions 2013 draft class will be measured by the success the team reaps from their presence and participation. Most draft classes have big...
After a big shake up to the Detroit Lion’s offensive line this offseason led to uncertainty as to who would play left tackle, through Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the Lions confirmed that last year’s first round pick, Riley Reiff will start at left tackle this season. Birkett mentions guard as another position the Lions considered playing Reiff at. Reiff’s position...
Though everyone might not like every selection the Detroit Lions made in the NFL Draft, most can agree that guard Larry Warford from Kentucky was a steal in round three (btaustin, Flickr)
Traditionally, when the NFL Draft finally concludes, prognosticators like to attach letter grades to a team’s entire body of work. Since that gets so boring, we’ve instead chosen to grade the...
While other teams are responding with a "hell no" when asked about the possibility of recently cut Tim Tebow joining their team, Detroit Lions GM Martin Mayhew wasn't quite so adamant about it.
If fact, he's open to it... only slightly, saying "I feel good about our quarterbacks right now... We’ve got four on our roster and we typically go with four. ...
The Detroit Lions did a pretty solid job addressing the majority of their needs in the 2013 NFL Draft. While some suggest their first-round selection was a reach, the move was expected after the top three offensive tackles were snatched up by the Kansas City Chiefs, Jacksonville Jaguars and Philadelphia Eagles. Photo Credit: DetroitLions.com It was also evident the club coveted...
A popular viewpoint seems to be that the Detroit Lions took a risk by drafting Brigham Young defensive end Ziggy Ansah with the fifth pick overall because hes only been playing football for three years.
Heres a much bigger risk: not having an elite athlete to pressure the quarterback these days in the NFL.
For years, the Lions have been criticized for ignoring obvious needs while...
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew likes the quarterbacks he has on his current roster, but he’s also open to the idea of bringing in Tim Tebow.
“I feel good about our quarterbacks right now,” Mayhew said, per MLive.com. “We’ve got four on our roster and we typically go with four. But I’m the kind of guy who never says never.”
Mayhew though isn’t open to...
Detroit Lions5th Overall SelectionZiggy AnsahDefensive EndBrigham Young6'5", 271 poundsAnsah was a needs selection as the Detroit Lions lost both of their defensive ends Avril (Seahawks) and Vanden Bosch (released). Ansah has good speed and has a assortment of power moves to get past opposing offensive lines. The hard part for Ziggy Ansah, will be the constant comparison...
With the 132nd pick in the 2013 NFL draft, a compensatory selection, the Detroit Lions selected defensive Devin Taylor from the University of South Carolina. Taylor joins an already well-stocked defensive line, so he is likely to see limited action his rookie season. Bio Taylor grew up in South Carolina and helped his high school football [...]The post Detroit Lions select Devin...
With the 36th pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Detroit Lions selected cornerback Darius Slay out of Mississippi State. Detroit has needed to reinforce its secondary for some time, and Slay should do just that. Bio A native of Georgia, Slay attended Brunswick High School, where he played both sides of the ball at running back [...]The post Detroit Lions select Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi...
With the 65th pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Detroit Lions selected Guard Larry Warford from the University of Kentucky. Let’s take a moment to get to know the newest Lion and see how he fits on the roster. Bio Born in San Diego, Warford started out as a basketball player his freshman and sophomore [...]The post Detroit Lions select Larry Warford, G, Kentucky, 65th overall by...
Well Lions fans, the Detroit version of the Super Bowl has come and gone, how do you feel about it? The initial thought I experienced at first was here we go again. I wondered why Ziggy Ansah? I saw the need but didn’t understand the pick. But I’m going to go bold here and say the Lions first six picks will be on this roster and it’s about time. Ansah, Slay, Warford, Taylor...
With the fifth overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Detroit Lions selected BYU DE Ezekiel Ansah. It was a highly questionable pick. Ansah has a big up side but the Lions need guys who can come in and produce right now. They did not need another project and never mind their poor track record when [...]
First Round: Ziggy Ansah, DE, BYU
With the three big tackles off the board, the Lions pretty much had no choice but to go pass rusher here. Ansah certainly has some bust potential, but he also has crazy athleticism and could be JPP 2.0, according to many scouts. If they can get the most out of him, he will be a big difference maker on the defensive side of the ball for Detroit...