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Draft: Day 2 scouting reports

LB DeAndre Levy
Pick: Third round, No. 76 overall
College: Wisconsin
Height, weight: 6-2, 236
The skinny: A three-year starter at outside linebacker, Levy will play middle at this weekend's rookie minicamp for the Lions. He had five sacks and recovered two fumbles last year, and ran a 4.5-second 40-yard dash at his pro day after tweaking a hamstring at the combine.
What they're saying: “We went against a lot of teams, a lot of system formations where I ended up with similar assignments to the (middle linebacker) a lot of times, so I'm just going in there and learn as much as I can and hopefully apply it to the field as soon as possible.” - Levy

WR Derrick Williams
Pick: Third round, No. 82
College: Penn State
Height, weight: 6-2, 236
The skinny: One of the best return men in the draft, Williams scored three punt- and two kick-return TDs in the last three years. The nation's top recruit coming out of high school, he'll also play slot receiver for the Lions.
What they're saying: “My philosophy on special teams is not to be safe and find a guy that can catch the ball and fair catch it. We're going to try to get some explosiveness, try to score, so a guy like Derrick Williams brought great value there.” - Lions coach Jim Schwartz

DT Sammie Lee Hill
Pick: Fourth round, No. 115
College: Stillman
Height, weight: 6-4, 329
The skinny: Big and raw, Hill got by on natural ability at Stillman. He's a developmental prospect who probably won't have a big impact in 2009, but is the type of massive tackle who could take over for Grady Jackson one day.
What they're saying: “He's got rare athletic ability for such a big man. And we're not talking about an overachiever that's 6-1, 300 and that's all he's ever going to be. This is a naturally big man that's a naturally good athlete.” - Schwartz

RB Aaron Brown
Pick: Sixth round, No. 192
College: TCU
Height, weight: 6-1, 196
The skinny: Brown was used sparingly out of the backfield last year, totaling just 99 carries in 10 games. He earned honorable mention all-Mountain West honors as a return specialist and projects as a change-of-pace back with natural hands.
What they're saying: “I had a really good feeling that the Lions would (draft me). I had a trip up there about three weeks ago and met with Sam Gash, the running backs coach, and the personnel guys. They made me feel more welcome than a lot of teams have.” – Brown

OL Lydon Murtha
Pick: Seventh round, No. 228
College: Nebraska
Height, weight: 6-7, 306
The skinny: describes Murtha as the typical Nebraska lineman, “smart, big and strong.” He ran a 4.89-second 40-yard dash at the combine, best among offensive linemen, but doesn't project to have much of an impact even on a line that hasn't looked good in years.
What they're saying: “Everybody we drafted we liked and we saw a role for, so it wasn't just like we were drafting just blindly to take guys. But I thought we did a really good job of balancing high-rated players with how we were going to use them." - Schwartz

LB Zack Follett
Pick: Seventh round, No. 235
College: California
Height, weight: 6-2, 236
The skinny: Follett played primarily outside linebacker, but also spent time in the middle and occasionally at defensive end. He the Pac-10 with 23 tackles for loss last year. Still, he may have to beat out Alex Lewis for job.
What they're saying: “I guess the best words to describe him are good football player. Versatile, has played inside, has played outside, even lines up as a pass rusher with his hand in the dirt.” - Schwartz

TE Dan Gronkowski
Pick: Seventh round, No. 255
College: Maryland
Height, weight: 6-6, 255
The skinny: Caught 29 passes as a senior after totaling 11 receptions in his first three seasons. Has good size and is best known for his blocking ability.
What they're saying: “We didn't anticipate taking two tight ends but at that point in the draft with the people that were available he was by far the highest-rated guy and you want to still stick with that.  - Schwartz

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't care about needs as much as i do about BPA. the BPAs we drafted will cover up more than holes than the 'need' players we would have drafted.

i give it a B+.

how about you, dave?

8:39 PM 
Blogger Bret said...

I unnderstand the BPA mindset, and would agree if it was any other draft. However, if you continue with the current losing trend, the players are going to get lionized much quicker then in years past. I thought that drafting BPA at positions of GLARING need would be more beneficial and sensible. We certainly don't want the "players of the future" to be tainted by the lionized players on the current roster.

Bottom line is: Winning cures all ills.

I think that winning a couple more games and losing by 3 or less in a few more would have helped the team psyche out more sooner than later. That's why I'm not very pleased with the picks made in this draft. I really thought it should have been defense from top to bottom.

9:51 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Birkett: How can you call it "the skinny" on DT Sammie Hill, who weighs 335 pounds. Please, answer me.

10:51 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish they had used that last pick on linebacker Frantz Joseph, but from Schwartz' comment Joseph must not have been rated by the Lions.

He was signed by the Raiders, though, so I guess I can watch him there.

12:57 AM 

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