this may be of some local interest
Ball carriers and footballs alike rejoice today as former Bear and Panther Charles Tillman has called it a career. As a Bears fan he was amazing - his nickname "Peanut" lending itself to the "Peanut Punch". He forced more fumbles as a DB than anyone over his time in the league (43, to the next closest, Charles Woodson's 24).
One of the awesome things every time the Bears played the Lions was seeing Peanut go up against Calvin Johnson. I think they battled better than most and had some serious respect for each other. There's some great writeup on their battles here: https://www.profootballfocus.com/charles-tillman-trapped-within-not-made-by-zone-scheme/
Over two games, the Lions threw at Megatron 14 times with Tillman in primary coverage. Johnson caught five passes for 70 yards. Tillman got his hands to four of them, and was in position for another but it was picked off by safety Chris Conte. He was flagged once for defensive pass interference down by the goal line on a play that didn’t look much different to half of the other physical encounters the two players engaged in over those games.
Anyone else really miss football?
This is definitely not a good look for the NFL:
Hey everyone, this is my first post on the board, kind of exciting.
As the NFL Draft is just over a week away, I figured I would make a little preview for who the Detroit Lions could select in their various rounds.
Detroit Lions Picks:
Rd. 1 (#16)
Rd. 2 (#46)
Rd. 3 (#95)
Rd. 4 (#111)
Rd. 5 (#151, #169)
Rd. 6 (#191, #202, #210)
Rd. 7 (#236)
Areas of Need For Detroit:
OT, DT, DE, WR, C, SS for potential upgrades/starters
WR, CB, LB, QB, S for depth picks
Round 1: #16 possibilities
Notre Dame OT Ronnie Stanley – likely would be the best option for the Lions here, as he’s a very high caliber LT who could step in almost immediately and push Reiff out to RT. Doubtful he’ll be available.
Louisville DT Sheldon Rankins – Could see some snaps immediately depending on health of Ngata and Walker, but a quick-twitch defensive tackle who could play either the 1-tech, or 3-tech in various fronts.
Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell – needs no introduction, but even with the signing of Marvin Jones, the Lions could use another high caliber receiver to add to the mix. Might be too good to pass up, questionable with injury though.
Clemson DE Shaq Lawson – With only Ansah and Devin Taylor on the edge, Detroit may feel the need to go DE right away and Lawson would likely be the top option at that point.
Ohio State LT Taylor Decker – I may get crucified for saying this (as he’s a Buckeye) but I would love to see Decker on the Lions. May not be an immediate LT, but capable of being a high-caliber, starting Tackle fairly quickly.
Round 2: #46 possibilities
Texas A&M LT Germain Ifedi – has the potential to be one of the best OT’s in the entire draft but has slightly sloppy technique that would need to be cleaned up. If he falls to this spot, Lions should definitely take him.
Oklahoma State DE Emmanuel Ogbah – If the Lions don’t take a DE in round 1, then Ogbah would be a solid second round pick. Built to play immediately in the NFL.
Baylor DT Andrew Billings – incredibly powerful, run-plugging DT who could see some immediate minutes for Detroit. Question is if he’s still on the board at this point.
Notre Dame C Nick Martin – Personally, I think Swanson is an ok center, but not great, nor likely to be, if Martin is available he would be a good addition to the OL.
West Virginia SS Karl Joseph – Even with the signings of Rafael Bush, Tavon Wilson and several other DBs, the Lions could still be looking for another safety and Joseph is one of the best in the draft.
Round 3: #95 possibilities, Round 4: #111 possibilities
Since these picks are only about 15 picks apart, they are close enough that some of the same players may be available in either spot. So I’ll mention 7 total instead of 5 for each pick
Rutgers WR Leonte Carroo – Pretty much the only competent thing to come out of Rutgers recently. Could be a steal.
LSU FS Jalen Mills – Although Detroit is more likely to look for a strong safety than a free safety than strong, Mills is an athletic coverage safety who could be useful against pass-happy teams.
Arizona LB Scooby Wright – An instinctive, relentless tackling machine for RichRod, Wright could provide some depth at LB, maybe even contend for a starting role fairly soon.
Southern Utah SS Miles Killebrew – Personally is my favorite prospect for this spot, a physical safety who hits hard. At a minimum would likely be a great special teams player in year one.
Stanford OT Kyle Murphy – Definitely is a RT as opposed to LT. Fairly similar to Riley Reiff in that sense. A strong tackle with a quick first step, lacks athleticism to play against elite DE’s in the NFL.
Nebraska DT Maliek Collins – highly athletic, quick defensive tackle who would be a decent 3rd down interior rusher. Would need to add strength to be more effective against the run.
Notre Dame CB KeiVarae Russell – though he had some academic issues at ND and wasn’t able to return, Russell is very athletic and projects to be a skilled cover corner. Could be a steal.
Round 5: #151, 169 possibilities
same as before…7 possibilities.
USC CB Kevon Seymour – fast, athletic corner who would likely be an immediate special teams contributor.
Western Michigan OT Willie Beavers – Could be a really good LT someday but not likely to see time early.
Missouri C Evan Boehm – strong, drive-blocking center. Not likely to overtake Swanson right away, if at all.
Stanford QB Kevin Hogan – at the QBs could potentially go he may not even be there, but would be a good developmental project to take.
Penn State DE Anthony Zettell – uses hands well, could be a solid back-up, maybe even rotational player with a year or two.
Stanford LB Blake Martinez –aggressive LB who was very productive in college. Solid depth pick.
Michigan DT Willie Henry – could reasonably go anywhere from Round 2 to Round 6…who knows.
Round 6: #191, #202, #210 possibilities, Round 7: #236 possibilities
Just going to list 12 prospects, no evaluation.
Florida State DT Nile-Lawrence Stample
Baylor OT Spencer Drango
South Carolina OT Brandon Schell
Clemson SS Jayron Kearse
Western Kentucky QB Brandon Doughty
Kansas State CB Morgan Burns
Maryland DT Quinton Jefferson
Massachusetts WR Tajae Sharp
Colorado WR Nelson Spruce
Iowa C Austin Blythe
Arkansas OG Denver Kirkland
Minnesota LB De’Vondre Campbell
1- LT Taylor Decker (OSU)
2- SS Karl Joseph (WVU)
3- WR Leontee Carroo (Rutgers)
4- DT Maliek Collins (Nebraska)
5- OT Willie Beavers (WMU)
5- QB Kevin Hogan (Stanford)
6- SS Jayron Kearse (Clemson)
6- DT Nile-Lawrence Stample
6- C Austin Blythe (Iowa)
7- LB De'Vondre Campbell (Minnesota)
2 Wolverines invited- Glasgow and Henry. Rudddddddock and Bolden not invited.
M's 2 invitees were 2nd worst in the B1G - only Purdue had fewer. And M Won 10 games. Bodes well for next year.
Some interesting stuff to chew on re: concussions and dementia, plus some Super Bowl trivia and miscellany