Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 1:11 AM EDT Apr 26, 2019 Allen Park — The Detroit Lions filled a top need in the first round the of 2019 NFL Draft, selecting Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson with the No. 8 overall pick. But there's still plenty of work to be done. The Lions are slated to have two picks on the second day of the draft: No. 43 and No. 88. Here are 10 players the team could consider when the draft resumes Friday evening. Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State If you believe the Lions defense will continue to strongly resemble the New England unit coached by Matt Patricia for several years, the team would prefer to get a big, physical cornerback to play opposite Darius Slay. Layne could stand to add a few pounds, but you can't teach 6-foot-2. Plus, he's got plenty of experience playing press coverage for the Spartans. He broke up 15 passes last season, to boot. Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma From the outside looking in, Detroit's biggest need … [Read more...] about NFL Draft Day 2: 10 prospects to watch for Detroit Lions
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Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz USA TODAY Published 11:01 AM EDT Apr 1, 2019 It's only fitting that we roll out our latest NFL mock draft on April Fools' Day. No, none of the picks here are made as a prank (even if you disagree with the player slotted for your favorite team). But with less than a month until the first round begins in Nashville, we acknowledge some of these projections could end up looking a little, well, foolish. Yet with most of the biggest free agency moves settled, many of the biggest team needs have come into focus. Here's our latest rundown of how the first round of the 2019 NFL draft might pan out: 1. Cardinals — Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma: It's been almost seven weeks since new coach Kliff Kingsbury said Josh Rosen is "our guy," and the sentiment now seems distant. And while it's entirely possible Arizona stands pat with last year's first-round quarterback and instead turns elsewhere with this pick, Murray offers a rare package of … [Read more...] about NFL mock draft: Detroit Lions still take defender in Round 1
Carlos Monarrez Detroit Free Press Published 7:39 PM EDT Mar 19, 2019 Follow the money. This saying was made famous in “All the President’s Men,” the 1976 movie about two Washington Post reporters trying to make sense of an apparently senseless break-in at the Watergate Hotel. In other words, if you aren’t sure of something, let the gravity of a financial decision guide you. Because while money might not always tell us the truth, it rarely lies. Follow the money. [ Lions free agency tracker: Who's coming, who's going ] I thought about the saying this week when I received an interesting note from the online sportsbook Betonline.ag, which was unswayed by what the Lions did during the first wave of free agency. On Feb. 4, the sportsbook listed the Lions’ odds of winning the Super Bowl at 80/1. After the Lions spent $160 million on free agents, their odds as of Monday were … still 80/1. Only the Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins had worse … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions’ free-agent haul doesn’t impress Vegas
Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 3:10 PM EST Jan 10, 2019 Allen Park — It's all quiet on the offensive coordinator front, so it felt like a good time to do a Detroit Lions mailbag. What is a going on with the OC search? With no news or rumors about it, I am afraid they are just going to hire from within. — @kered316 Understandably, there are a lot of questions about the offensive coordinator opening, and I'm here to tell you I know almost nothing. That's a more difficult thing for me to write than you to read, trust me. The organization is in lockdown in regards to the process, and based on the reporting of others, including those at top national outlets, they're running into the same brick walls with their sources. And coaching is almost always a trickier topic to unearth information. The circles are tighter, the agent information isn't easily accessible, so unless there's a leak from the organization or those being interviewed, we … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions mailbag: What should be done at offensive coordinator?
Carol Cain Free Press Business columnist Published 6:30 AM EDT Nov 3, 2018 The 2017 Emmy for Best Legal/Courtroom Show he just won sits in a display case at the entry of his Los Angeles home, a shiny recognition of a 20-year career in television still on the rise. It joins an NAACP plaque and one from Martin Luther King Jr.’s family for his work in the community. The native Detroiter and Eastern Michigan University graduate’s story is astonishing. Mathis has seen, and done it all. His early childhood was dotted by run-ins with the law. He built a career that eventually led to him administering justice in 36th District Court, with years as a public servant working for the late Detroit City Councilman Clyde Cleveland and Mayor Coleman Young sprinkled in between. His "Judge Mathis” show now is seen nationally (including at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays on CW 50 in Detroit). He has never forgotten his roots — and the … [Read more...] about Aretha Franklin told Judge Mathis to help Flint water crisis