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When the Detroit Lions were called to the podium yesterday, even I had no idea whose name guest announcer Calvin Johnson would call. When he said the name Riley Reiff, I probably got more excited than most.
Sure, drafting an offensive lineman doesn’t draw the applause a quarterback does, but it was a major need for Detroit and Reiff can play.
Reiff was considered by most, myself included, as the second-best offensive lineman in the draft, and I didn’t see him being around at pick number 23. When he was, GM Martin Mayhew couldn’t pass on the talented tackle from Iowa.
Head coach Jim Schwartz and Mayhew agree that Reiff can play four positions (guard and tackle on each side of the line), and will compete with the Lions aging line to start right away.
Reiff was a player that I didn’t see the Lions drafting, but only because I figured he would be off the board.
Overall, I would rate Reiff as a pleasant surprise. The Lions got a solid guy and a solid talent later in the first round; s...
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Earlier we mentioned that the Detroit Lions are looking to trade up in order to draft Alabama safety Mark Barron. Now there’s a report from the Detroit Free-Press that they may also target South Carolina cornerback Stephen Gilmore if they’re able to move up.
The Lions need to upgrade their secondary and it looks like they’re trying to do so in the first round of tonight’s draft.
This is a solid selection for the Detroit Lions, but I’m not sure it was the right choice. Riley Reiff isn’t a left tackle, which is fine late in the 1st round, but Gosder Cherlius is already entrenched at right tackle. And if the Lions plan on moving Reiff or Cherlius to guard, then why not just take David DeCastro? It’s a questionable choice, but Reiff does have decent value here.
The Detroit Lions have selected Louisiana-Lafayette cornerback Dwight Bentley in the third round of the NFL draft.
Detroit drafted Bentley with the 85th overall pick Friday night.
The Lions entered the draft needing help at cornerback, the only position they don't have a starter returning from last season. Detroit lost cornerback Eric Wright in free agency when he signed with...
The Detroit Lions may have found their third-string quarterback.
Boise State's Kellen Moore confirmed to the Idaho Statesman Saturday night that he has agreed to join the club as an undrafted free agent.
Moore, not one of the 253 players selected over the last three days of the NFL Draft, is a classic case of an exceptional college player who doesn't necessarily project...
When the Detroit Lions drafted Dwight “Bill” Bentley, cornerback from Louisiana-Lafayette in the third-round, Lions fans everywhere exhaled a sigh of relief. It wasn’t lost on Lions’ GM Martin Mayhew. Analysis and quotes inside ...
After trading down 9 spots with the San Francisco 49ers, the Detroit Lions finally made their 4th round selection. With the 30th pick in the 4th round of the 2012 NFL draft, 125th overall, the Lions selected Ronnell Lewis , a 6'1 1/2", 237 pound (which seems to vary greatly online) defensive end from Oklahoma. He's an early entry, playing 3 seasons at Oklahoma. As his...
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Division III players are generally prohibitive long shots when it comes to getting to the NFL.
Chris Greenwood, a fifth-round draft pick by the Detroit Lions, doesnt look at himself that way.
Not really, Greenwood said. I feel like if I work hard and do the things I know I can do, Ill have a good shot.
Greenwood, a 6-foot-2, 193-pound cornerback from Albion...
The Lions were once again big movers in the draft, trading back and forth positioning themselves to get the players they wanted. Now, before the dust has a chance to settle and actual skill or talented assessment clouds the issue, let's give out some draft grades.
1) 1st round, 23 overall - Riley Reiff - OT Iowa : One of the best offensive lineman in the draft, expected...
The Detroit Lions have selected Albion cornerback Chris Greenwood in the fifth round of the NFL draft.
Greenwood is the first Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association player selected in the NFL draft since 1967, when New Orleans selected Albion linebacker Barry Siler in the eighth round.
Detroit drafted him 148th overall Saturday, sending the 158th pick later in the round...
With the 22nd pick in the 3rd round of the 2012 NFL draft, 85th overall, the Detroit Lions selected Dwight "Bill" Bentley , a 5'10", 185 pound cornerback from Louisiana-Lafayette. A 3 year starter for the Ragin Cajuns, Bentley was Sun Belt all-conference as a senior with 71 tackles, 3 interceptions and 6 passes defended.
My first thought when the Lions picked...
Former Boise State QB Kellen Moore went undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft and has now reached an agreement on an undrafted free agent deal with the Detroit Lions, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Moore is the winningest quarterback in FBS history. Moore enters Detroit solely as a backup to Matthew Stafford, who is clearly the future of the franchise. Stafford does have a history...
With NFL roster sizes having been increased to 90 players, the race is on for teams to ink undrafted free agents to fill out their training camp rosters. Multiple warm bodies are a must have when in midst of August two-a-days under a withering sun. The Detroit Lions are no different, and have signed 13 players since the draft came to an end on Saturday.
The biggest name the Lions...
He might start out on the right side, but versatile draft pick will eventually supplant Jeff Backus.
The Detroit Lions sent out transcripts of the post 1st round pressers given by GM Martin Mayhew head coach Jim Schwartz. Mayhew didn't say much about his latest addition, 23rd overall pick Riley Reiff. Why? As always, Mayhew is a GM of few words. Very few.
Opening statement: “Riley Reiff – big, smart, tough guy; versatile. We think he can play four positions; Jim can talk...