NFL Draft Film Study: Todd Gurley

Gurley

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A version of this article was published by the Detroit Free Press.

With the release of Reggie Bush earlier this week, the Detroit Lions could be looking to revamp their running back corps. I wrote at the conclusion of the season that running back should be one of the top priorities this offseason. With Bush gone, there is now ample room for an upgrade. Joique Bell, Theo Riddick and George Winn remain in the fold, but the Lions desperately lack a true home run threat out of the backfield. They are likely to add another back before training camp, possibly through the 2015 NFL draft.

Each week, we’ll examine a running back from this year’s talented crop. Up first is Georgia’s Todd Gurley. 

In the first season under the new regime of Jim Caldwell and Joe Lombardi, the Detroit Lions seemed to focus on taking the pressure off of Matthew Stafford with a more balanced and conservative offensive approach. Continue reading

D’Angelo Russell in-depth scouting report

Photo Credit: Rick Osentoski USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Rick Osentoski USA TODAY Sports

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On Sunday afternoon in Ann Arbor, Michigan, I had the pleasure of attending the Ohio State-Michigan basketball game solely for the purpose of observing our man crush, Ohio State star freshman guard D’Angelo Russell. Continue reading

Eric Ebron and the struggle for rookie tight ends

Dec 7, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron (85) makes a catch and looks for running room during the third quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 7, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron (85) makes a catch and looks for running room during the third quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

After re-signing veteran Brandon Pettigrew, and with Joseph Fauria coming off a seven-touchdown rookie season, the Detroit Lions looked set at tight end heading into the 2014 NFL draft.

So when the Lions selected North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron with the 10th overall pick, General Manager Martin Mayhew caught flack from factions of the fan base and the media, who wondered why the team decided to add a third tight end while bypassing potential talent on defense and at wide receiver. Continue reading

Lions All-22: Suh a dominant force in run and pass game

Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions warms up prior to the start of a game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Detroit.(Photo: Leon Halip Getty Images)

Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions warms up prior to the start of a game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Detroit.(Photo: Leon Halip Getty Images)

A version of this article was published by the Detroit Free Press.

The Lions face a monumental decision over the next five weeks as the centerpiece of the defense, Ndamukong Suh, gets set to enter the open market.

Suh, 28, will be a free agent for the first time in his career on March 10. He is likely looking for a contract that would eclipse J.J. Watt’s $100 million deal (with a record $51.8 million guaranteed for a defensive player). The Lions reportedly are the favorites to sign Suh. Continue reading