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Detroit Lions: Grading 2012 draft class

Now that the 2014 NFL Draft has concluded and the much too-early analyses have somewhat halted, let’s grade the Detroit Lions 2012 draft class. Surprisingly enough, seven of the eight selections are still wearing a Lions uniform. Riley Reiff Round 1, 23rd overall: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa Reiff was just the second tackle taken in the 2012 draft (Matt Kalil, Minnesota Vikings). He...
May 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions dominant offensive line is dirt cheap

Right tackle LaAdrian Waddle lines up alongside Matthew Stafford (Photo Credit: Tim Fuller/USA Today Sports) The big and fast, bad boys of the D will dominate your defensive lines at a great price!  That’s right you can have your very own top pass protection for pennies on the dollar! Well maybe you can’t, but the Detroit Lions somehow pulled this off.  For less than $7.5 million...
November 13, 2013  |  Discuss

The Detroit Lions offensive line strive for cohesiveness

Detroit Lions guard Rob Sims leads a new wave of offensive linemen (Photo Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty) A Detroit Lions line that stood together for years has been ripped apart.  And I could not be more thrilled! Lions management has said since post-Barry era how much it would love to see a great run game again in the D.  Well to do this one must attain talent on the line! This...
September 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Lions “Strongly” Considering Moving OT Riley Reiff to Guard?

Ian Rapoport tweets that the Lions are “strongly” considering switching Riley Reiff from tackle to guard this next season. Detroit drafted Reiff with the No. 23 overall pick in last year’s draft. In his rookie season, Reiff started 13 games at right tackle and actually graded out above average, according to Pro Football Focus’ ratings. Reiff was especially effective as...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
March 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Lions fortify running attack with Riley Reiff

ALLEN PARK, Mich. If youre not running the ball effectively enough with five offensive linemen, why not try six? The Detroit Lions have been doing that more and more in recent weeks, and it paid off in Sundays 31-14 victory at Jacksonville with a season-high 149 yards rushing. Coach Jim Schwartz said rookie offensive tackle Riley Reiff, the clubs first-round draft pick, deserves...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
November 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Lions sign first-round pick Reiff

The Detroit Lions have signed first-round draft pick Riley Reiff. The team did not announce terms of the deal. Reiff, an offensive tackle at Iowa, said Monday he was happy to have the contract done. The Lions took Reiff with the 23rd pick in the draft. He will join an explosive offense led by quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Calvin Johnson, but the Lions weren'...
Via AP on Fox
July 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Reiff signs with Lions

Detroit Lions first-round pick Riley Reiff has signed his rookie contract and will report to training camp Monday with the rest of the first-year players. Based on the NFLs rookie pay scale, the four-year deal is worth around 8 million. Reiff, an offensive lineman who played in college at Iowa, is expected to compete for a starting job at one of the tackle positions. He was the...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
July 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Reiff settling in at Lions' rookie minicamp

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- Riley Reiff and the rest of Detroit's draft picks are settling in at rookie minicamp. Reiff was on the field Friday, although coach Jim Schwartz says it's hard to evaluate the offensive lineman from Iowa when there's no contact in practice. Wide receiver Ryan Broyles, a second-round pick out of Oklahoma, was on the field but wore a baseball...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
May 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions 2012 Draft Grades

23. OT Riley Reiff AI had Riley Reiff 12th on my board, but I also had Bryan Bulaga high. I had a feeling Reiff, a similar player, could experience a similar fall on draft day and actually had Reiff to the Lions in my 2nd to final mock draft, but moved him back up to 15 (to Jacksonville after a trade down) in my final. The Packers took Bulaga at this exact same spot, 23, 2 years...
Via The Football Fan Spot
May 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Final say on the Detroit Lions’ draft

When Iowa tackle Riley Reiff dropped to the Detroit Lions at pick number 23, I had high expectations for the 2012 draft class. After watching Detroit follow one puzzling pick with another in the rounds thereafter, my expectations have dropped significantly. Yes, Reiff was a good pick and will likely improve the Lions offensive line right away, but drafting wide receiver Ryan Broyles...
April 30, 2012  |  Discuss
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