When members of the Detroit Lions’ front office return to work Friday morning, the first priority will be resetting the board, a series of subtle adjustments which reflect the team’s updated needs matched against the draft’s remaining talent.
The Lions are scheduled to pick twice on the draft’s second day, No. 51 in the second round and No. 82 in the third. After a quick review of the talent remaining, general manager Bob Quinn likes the way things are shaking out as the team seeks to address its remaining needs.
The idea of adding a coverage linebacker like Leonard hinges on the current coaching staff’s opinion of Jalen Reeves-Maybin, a fourth-rounder from last season who was drafted with the previous defensive scheme in mind. Leonard is long and quick, with the ability to cover sideline-to-sideline.
You never quite get over how productive Phillips was at Stanford, racking up 100 tackles as an interior lineman last year. He’s a powerhouse with a wrestling background, an ideal combination to take on multiple blocks while still making plays.
Yes, last year, the Jets drafted safety Marcus Maye in Cheap Authentic Baseball Jerseys Round 2. And yes, Maye was 24 when the Jets drafted him. He just turned 25 last month.
But Maye was ready to thrive as a starter immediately. Will Shepherd be ready to do that? It remains to be seen, but there are more reasons to be skeptical than there were with Maye.
Shepherd played three years of Division II ball (2015-17) after taking those two years off. He started his college football career at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada.
Because of the uncertainty surrounding Shepherd’s level of competition, his rawness, and his age, we’re going to give this pick a B.
The issue here, potentially, is that by the time Shepherd is truly ready to contribute — to the level that a third-round pick should — he might be on the aging side.
Coupled with the aforementioned 1997 draft, there were back-to-back stinkers for quarterback classes. Banks was the Rams’ quarterback in the rough patch before the Greatest Show on Turf hit the scene in 1999. Huard spent a decade as a serviceable second- or third-stringer, and collected two Super Cheap Bruins Jerseys Bowl rings as Tom Brady’s backup with the Patriots.