OT: NFL Draft / Who Do You Want Your Team To Draft? OPEN Thread

Submitted by Mr. Yost on April 21st, 2013 at 8:50 AM

I wouldn't create this type of thread if either Football or Basketball were in season, but since it's the slow period, I feel like it's okay.

That said, are your more following Michigan players in the draft or do you have a team? Who do you want your team to draft? Where do you think Michigan's players will be drafted?

Any and all discussion is welcome...



April 21st, 2013 at 8:54 AM ^

I want the Lions to draft Dion Jordan. He has freakish athletic ability and can do things that guys in his size shouldn't do.  He would be a great fit as a 4-3 SAM LB with his ability to cover against TEs/WRs yet has the athleticism to line up at DE on passing downs and rush the passer.


April 21st, 2013 at 2:18 PM ^

with the signing of Quin, resigning of Houston and Delmas.  I liked 2 young CBs in Bentley and Green, and both can start for the Lions.  CB is not a big need that many think they are, and I believe that Mayhew thinks the same as well.  They do need a quality backup S just in case Delmas gets hurt.

They need more help at DE than at CB. Dion wouldn't play DE for the Lions but would play at SAM LB for them because of his ability to do a lot of things for the Lions defense.


April 21st, 2013 at 5:00 PM ^

I would agree but Delmas is basically a glorified cheerleader he misses so many games. He plays about 6 games a season and he only plays hurt on National TV games. We can count on him week 1 & if we're on MNF, SNF and Thanksgiving. Other than that it's a mix of random nobody types that are moving from CB to FS to SS to LB, etc. We NEED 2 things in this draft to pan out: Secondary (at any position, with a preference for Milliner) and OL (As many as possible as our record hasn't been great picking them). So, if we stay at 5 and landed Milliner or either of the concensus top 2 OTs I'd be fine. After the first pick, use the next on whatever you didn't take and then keep piling on OL. We do need a late pick at LB & DL, though. So, assuming no trades it should be something like 1 DB, 1 DL, 1 LB & 2-3 OL. (Lions only have 5 or 6 picks, right?)


April 21st, 2013 at 10:36 PM ^

As much as many think they do. It's not as big of a need as DE or SAM LB on defense. I also don't think Milliner is as good as the value at #5 overall IMO(to me, he's a late 1st rounder), and other CBs in the draft in 2nd/3rd round are just as good as Dee.

I tend to think they will go for Ziggy at #5 if that we're to happen.

three red spiders

April 21st, 2013 at 3:15 PM ^

but I teach at the high school that Dion went to out in Arizona.  I spot at the football games as well, and while I have no great insight on what kind of pro he will be, I hope he makes it.  What he went through his senior with the burns he suffered (if you've never read the story, here's a link, http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl--perseverance-leads-oregon-s-dion-jordan-to-brink-of-nfl-after-accident-almost-ended-his-dream-023331504.html) and how it affected his recruitment really makes me want to see the kid succeed.  I've never heard anything but good about him from the people who worked with him...


April 21st, 2013 at 9:04 AM ^

I think this thread would be fine any time. It's a pretty big event and involves a lot of players from Michigan and players who have played against Michigan. Anyway, I almost think there's no way the Lions can mess this up. I just don't want them to take Ansah, I just don't get the hype with him. I'd like them to take Milliner but really anything from Dion Jordan to Eric Fisher would be fine with me.


April 21st, 2013 at 9:05 AM ^

After thinking about it, I would have to say the lions should get the best LT ( Probably Fisher) that is available. I was a big Dee Millner fan at first but im not sure hes gonna be a shut down corner right away in the NFL.. If he was Patrick Peterson I would say grab him, buts hes not. So LT it is. We need O lineman real bad. 


April 21st, 2013 at 9:07 AM ^

My team will draft Denard Robinson. That's because the team that has Denard will become my team. I think he'd fit in well with the lions, iggles, or patriots.


April 21st, 2013 at 9:14 AM ^

The Lions need both line help as well as secondary help, but I think a corner is a stretch that early. And given their cap situation, I'd rather spend whatever money on linemen than corners, at least in the short term. The lack of a running game and decent pass protection scares me

Mr. Yost

April 21st, 2013 at 9:18 AM ^

I made this (for the Detroit Lions) a month ago, although it's oozing with B1G Homerism in the late rounds and I obviously have no knowledge or expertise, it was just interesting to look at prospects and try to see what I would do.

1st Round: Eric Fisher (OT) - Central Michigan

1st Round [via trade with Denver Broncos*]: Bjoern Werner (DE) - Florida St.

4th Round: Tyrann Mathieu (CB) - Formerly LSU

4th Round: Ryan Swope (WR) - Texas A&M

5th Round: Earl Watford (OG) - James Madison

5th Round: Johnny Adams (CB) - Michigan St. / Terry Hawthorne (CB) - Illinois

6th Round: Jake Stoneburner (TE) - Ohio / Joseph Fauria (TE) - UCLA

7th Round: MarQueis Gray (ATH) - Minnesota

7th Round: Kenny Demens (ILB) - Michigan / Mike Taylor (OLB) - Wisconsin

*In trade with Denver Broncos, Detroit Gets: Denver's 1st, 4th and 5th round selections. Denver Gets: Detroit's 2nd and 3rd round selections.



April 21st, 2013 at 10:07 AM ^

The Honey Badger is really good. But, he is too much of a head case for the Lions at this point. ***If the Lions went and got Woodson, that would make more since to have a mentour for Mathieu.                                                                                                                                                I like Fisher or the other OT in the 1st round. The Lions need a running game.

Frito Bandito

April 21st, 2013 at 10:48 AM ^

1. Eric Fisher OT CMU
2. Alex Okafor DE Texas
3. Jordan Poyer CB Oregon State
4. Kenny stills WR Oklahoma
5. Devin Taylor DE USC NNTUSC
6. Ace sanders KR USC NNTUSC
7. Jake stoneburner TE/ Scheffler role Ohio


April 21st, 2013 at 11:10 AM ^

I wouldn't mind if in the fifth round....or to trade back into the fourth round...to take Lattimore, the injured RB from USC (not that USC). I think he is the best rb in the draft, and is a steal below the 3rd round, although he is there for the obvious risk involved


April 21st, 2013 at 11:27 AM ^

Mathieu will be taken in the late 2nd/early 3rd round.  There is a possibility we could get Werner in the 2nd round, so not sure why we would give up our 3rd and 4th rd picks.  I don't mind swope in the 4th.  I'm not a fan of the rest of your picks though.  

Mr. Yost

April 21st, 2013 at 9:21 AM ^

Here's what ESPN has...

I'll say Denard is a mid-late 3rd rounder, Campbell is late 4th/early 5th round, Kovacs is late 6th/early 7th and Demens is mid-7th round...

Denard Robinson WR 5'10½" 199 57 22  
Kenny Demens ILB 6'0⅝" 245 30 20  
William Campbell DT 6'4⅞" 318 30 28  
Patrick Omameh OG 6'4" 295 30 28  
Jordan Kovacs S 5'11" 202 30 31  
Craig Roh DE 6'4¼" 271 30 32  
Elliott Mealer OG 6'4⅛" 319 30 35  
Jt Floyd CB 6'0" 185 30 52  
Roy Roundtree WR 6'0" 175 30 53  
Vincent Smith RB 5'6½" 172 30 58  
Darryl Stonum WR 6'2" 195 30 66  
Brandon Moore TE 6'5" 268 30 66  
Ricky Barnum OG 6'1⅞" 297 30 80  
Brandin Hawthorne OLB 5'11⅞" 220 30 108  



April 21st, 2013 at 9:29 AM ^

I'm very intrigued by our draft possibilities. I haven't kept up with the offseason chatter but I assume we'll be after offensive playmakers at WR. Would have been after the top LT if not for Jake Long (woooo!) Can't wait to see what Fisher has planned for all his top picks.


April 21st, 2013 at 9:55 AM ^

Especially on the defensive side of the ball. Was there a better defensive conference in the league last year? I don't think so, personally. Best part... the Rams had the best record within that division last year... just couldn't keep it rolling outside of the NFC West. OT Edit: Ah so you're the one who beat me to Solo Dolo. I would've gone with Solo Dolo Man most likely.... to hide my proclivities a bit more subtly.

Jehu the Damaja

April 21st, 2013 at 10:17 AM ^

I was going going to make it Mr Solo Dolo, but for some reason I didn't, obvs. I don't smoke anymore, ((most)real jobs aren't too keen about that), but I have no problem with it or people that do. Is yours from "Who's got the herbs" by 311?? That's what I always think (hope)when I see your screen name. Love me some 311.


April 21st, 2013 at 10:19 AM ^

As a Chargers fan, I don't think they pick anyone other than Lane Johnson, Chance Warmack or Jonathan Cooper. And I think Buffalo picks either of the guards to replace Andy Levitre. TB doesn't need a WR that early, I think they go corner if the Revis deal doesn't work out. Bottom line, I'm trying to sway you with my unprofessional opinion that Austin falls to STL. They do need a guy like Austin pretty bad!

Crazy Canuck

April 21st, 2013 at 4:49 PM ^

I was hoping my Bucs traded back with St Louis or Minnesota because they both want Austin. They better not have given up too much. I'm sure they did because the GM's job is on the line. All or nothing type of season.


April 21st, 2013 at 10:55 AM ^

I'm also a rams fan and that is my fear too but that leaves a chance that one of the other three or four (warmack, vaccarro, cooper, fluker) prospects that could really help us on either side of the ball and they could also go best player available.


April 21st, 2013 at 1:51 PM ^

If the Rams grabed a saftey and a Tavon i would be happy. Or if one of the top two guards is avialibele during their pick (warmack or Cooper) i would take them over any of the safteys in this draft. Also i really hope they dont reach for Lacy, dont think he is that good of a RB. 


April 21st, 2013 at 11:18 AM ^

I figured we (rams) could still get a Fluker or Ogletree type at pick 22. The Rams have Washington's pick as well. RGIII.

They haven't had a player like Austin since Marshall. I also worry they continue to trade down to compile picks. At some point the team needs to get playmakers and not focus so much on depth. Only way to take the next step.


April 21st, 2013 at 9:29 AM ^

I see Will being a 5th-6th.  Has too many measurables as a space-eating DT, maybe a practice squad guy for year 1 before becoming a solid platoon contributor.

Jehu the Damaja

April 21st, 2013 at 9:32 AM ^

CB Desmond Trufant from Washington, or the best DE that's on the board. I wouldn't mind the Donkeys taking all defense, and picking up a solid RB somewhere in the 3rd or 4th round. This team is gonna be fun to watch this year.