April 25th, 2013 at 6:58 PM ^

The NFL Draft is like buying a powerball ticket for a Saturday drawing on a Thursday night.  Everybody thinks they are a winner until the numbers are drawn. 

Wolverine Devotee

April 25th, 2013 at 7:00 PM ^

I like the NFL. They actually make kids spend more than one year in school. Unlike the NBA, who sucks major talent out of the college game. And in hockey, it is ten times worse. You not only have the NHL to worry about, but the CHL and other junior leagues.

NBA should sack up and make the required years in college 2 or 3 at the most. Obiviously nothing can be done about hockey though. 


April 26th, 2013 at 12:34 AM ^

Well yeah but in hockey the college game wasn't ever considered a true breeding ground for young players. In the chl's three leagues they play a season that more resembles the NHL (more games and not just Friday/Saturday nights with little to no travel between those games). I personally prefer to attend a college game and would encourage youngsters to attend and play in the NCAA but I also understand if you are a top talent the CHL is the way to go to best develop your skills.

Rather be on BA

April 25th, 2013 at 7:06 PM ^

I said it in the thread yesterday (or was it two days ago?), but I really hope the Lions trade down.  Move back to the mid to late 20s, and get a 2nd and 4th or 5th rounder and I would be a happy camper.  I wouldn't be entirely upset if we took Cooper though, which feels weird to say seeing as he is a guard, but he seems like a surefire solid player.  not to metnion he could potentially player center too.  I like that there isn't a consensus number 1 or even top 5 this year, really adds to the intrigue IMO.


True Blue Grit

April 25th, 2013 at 7:07 PM ^

Dream on.  Loser is what Loser does.  Expect 30+ years of draft failure to continue.  That's what has caused what you've seen on the field.  I grew up in the Detroit area but I gave up long ago.  Until the Ford family relinquishes ownership, the mediocrity will continue.  


April 25th, 2013 at 9:32 PM ^

Best was a terrible pick. He had major injury questions and was an undersized back. Not a good choice at the end of the first round. Third round maybe. Young had major discipline issues and wasn't at a position of dire need and is gone.

Levy and Young were not later round picks. They were 3rd and 2nd round. Those rounds should get you starters.

Sammie hill was a solid pick and Jason Fox, other than being injury prone, is completely unknown.


The Lions have not drafted well in a long time.


April 25th, 2013 at 7:07 PM ^

Is there any hope that a Big Ten player gets selected in the first round at ALL?

I can't remember the statistic, but that hasn't happened in like 60 years or so.


April 25th, 2013 at 7:49 PM ^

all the way through. Great college player, but is going to be limited in the NFL due to his size and athleticism. Not athletic enough to play DE, but not big enough to play DT.  He is being looked at 3-4 OLB which I'm not sure is his best fit but he would be fine as a run stopping OLB.


Hankins have the talent, but he is inconsistent and there's questions about his motivation (main reason why MSU and Michigan passed on him). He is projected as a 2nd/3rd round pick.


April 25th, 2013 at 7:35 PM ^

to think about the hypotheticals of these small school players having come to a bigger school and wondering if they would still be where they are now.

For instance, imagine if we had recruited and gotten Fisher...do you think he would have been an all star on Michigan and be in position to be the #1 pick?


April 25th, 2013 at 7:46 PM ^

Which wins? Round denard is drafted in + 2.5 or trey Burke overall pick. Example denard drafted 3 rd round plus 2.5=5.5 Burke would have to be drafted 5th or higher.

2 great players with different pro prospects