Film Study: DT Gabe Wright fits Lions’ gap-shooting scheme

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With the departures of its starting defensive tackles and top backup, the Detroit Lions entered the NFL draft with a glaring need for depth along an interior line that was the team’s backbone just months earlier. The unit that had set the tone for the third-ranked defense in 2014 was suddenly a weakness and in serious need of reinforcements.

Though the Lions added a five-time All-Pro, albeit an aging one, in Haloti Ngata, and signed rotational player Tyrunn Walker, the desire to add talent in the trenches was still apparent. Continue reading

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Film Study: Reviewing the talented RB class in tiers

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(Left to right: Ameer Abdullah, Todd Gurley III and T.J. Yeldon)

After studying this talented running back class for the past two months, I’ve decided to review my notes and combine all of my evaluations on the top RBs into one informative article. I will try to keep this concise yet detailed and informative. Continue reading

Lions 2015 Draft Strategy: Target OL in Round 1

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Florida’s offensive tackle D.J. Humphries visited the Lions in Allen Park and could be on Detroit’s short list of first round targets.

Today is like Chanukah for NFL franchises. Or Christmas I guess. The day has finally come to open up presents.

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NFL Draft Prospect Film Study: T.J. Yeldon

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Note: With the Lions in need of a running back, we’ve been examining RBs from this year’s talented draft crop. We’ve studied Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon, Tevin Coleman, Duke Johnson, Ameer Abdullah, Jay Ajayi, Jeremy Langford and David Cobb. Today, our film series spotlights Alabama’s T.J. Yeldon.

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T.J. Yeldon is another productive Alabama running back with a chance to make an impact on Sundays. Following in the footsteps of Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy, Yeldon brings an intriguing set of traits to the field. Continue reading

NFL Draft Prospect Film Study: David Cobb

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Matt Blewett/The Minnesota Sports Report

Note: With the Lions in need of a running back, we’ve been examining RBs from this year’s talented draft crop. We’ve studied Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon, Tevin Coleman, Duke Johnson, Ameer Abdullah, Jay Ajayi and Jeremy Langford. Today, our film series spotlights Minnesota’s David Cobb.

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

If you like smashmouth football with a big, downhill, physical runner as your lead ball carrier, then David Cobb is for you.

A powerful, bruising back in the mold of Joique Bell, Cobb posted eye-popping numbers for the Gophers despite being paired with a horrific passing attack that ranked 121 out of 128 FBS teams in yards per game.

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NFL Draft Prospect Film Study: Jeremy Langford

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Note: With the Lions in need of a running back, we’ve been examining RBs from this year’s talented draft crop. We’ve studied Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon, Tevin Coleman, Duke Johnson, Ameer Abdullah and Jay Ajayi. Today, our film series spotlights former Michigan State star Jeremy Langford.

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

After a redshirt season, cameos at cornerback and receiver, and two years toiling on special teams, Jeremy Langford finally seized his opportunity to be the workhorse back as a redshirt junior. He did not disappoint. Continue reading

NFL Draft Prospect Film Study: Jay Ajayi

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Note: With the Lions in need of a running back, we’ve been examining RBs from this year’s talented draft crop. We’ve already studied Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon, Tevin Coleman, Duke Johnson and Ameer Abdullah. Our film series continues with Boise State’s Jay Ajayi.

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

Jay Ajayi may not be the most recognizable name of this talented running back class, but he certainly accomplished as much as any back last season. Continue reading