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  1. Well, he played for, what, 15 years with one of the great defensemen ever to put on skates? Just for grins, I looked up the Wings’ record before and after Lidstrom. Before, it was 0.475; the year before that, 0.438. In Lidstrom’s first season, it was 0.613, and with Lidstrom on the roster they never finished worse than 0.567. Yes, there are a lot of other variables, so take it for what it’s worth. I’d love to see what Stevie has to say about his memories of playing without, then with, Lidstrom, and whether that factored into his decisions But it also reminds me that a top pairing defenseman is probably going to get several minutes more ice time per game than even your no. 1 center. Like Bob Quinn, who wants to use his top picks on three-down players, Stevie may see D as more valuable than forwards.
  2. I think it’s safe to say Stevie Y is going for defense.
  3. Yes. And we should also keep in mind that, in the age where we have ten mock drafts before the actual draft, the “pack” is mostly made up of ink-stained wretches who haven’t scouted these players, and who don’t really have the knowledge to do so. It becomes an echo chamber. Kind of like the Lions picking Tavai. He plays in Hawaii, and missed the Senior Bowl, so the “pack” never heard of him. We will see if our GMs are smarter or dumber than the pack.
  4. Yeah, that was an alpha male decision. Stark contrast with Ken Holland, who would dole out long term extensions to anyone and everyone. Drafting Seider was a ballsy decision, too. (But Stevie was not the only one who thought Seider was worthy of being a top pick.) Maybe it will blow up in Stevie’s face, but one should not underestimate The Captain Anyway, I’d like to know how many games Stevie’s critics saw of Seider, or the players they would rather that the Wings selected.
  5. Glad it’s been confirmed. I’ve seen people on other platforms denying it. O’Hara’s only been a Lions beat writer since 1977. Wonder when he’ll get off of probation and we can accept his stories at face value. Anyway, hats off to Stafford. He has had a **** of a year. I’d like to buy that man a beer.
  6. I would be surprised if they make a decision about keeping Riddick on the roster before the end of training camp. They will likely give Ty Johnson a chance to win the role, though a knock on him was that he did not offer much on third down at Maryland. They will also field offers for Riddick to see what they can get, and watch for opportunities for picking up an upgrade at LG, before making the call at the last minute.
  7. At Maryland’s pro day, “Johnson did more than run [4.29]. He also recorded a 34-inch vertical jump and benched pressed 225 pounds 29 times, which would’ve been better than all but one running back at the NFL Combine.” https://247sports.com/college/maryland/Article/Maryland-Ty-Johnson-NFL-Pro-Day-Terps-Football-Draft-Sleepers-40-Time-Running-Backs-130615939/
  8. Some scouting reports on Gronk: WalterFootball: “Gronkowski will never be an elite tight end in the NFL [!!!], but if he stays healthy he should certainly be a productive contributor and starter.” NFL.com: “Unfortunately he has missed a total of 16 games over the past two years due to injuries or illness. He has an elite combination of size, speed and athleticism for the position and while he lacks great downfield speed he can be an effective receiver at virtually all levels of the passing tree.” Oakland Raiders: “Best all around player in the draft.” I draw no conclusions from this. It is surprising to see the difference between the media’s evals and the one evaluation out there by a team, though. Edit: Also, 2010 was a great draft. Gronk was picked at #42, but there were 18 Pro Bowl players picked before him, not to mention several other outstanding players, who are still in the league.
  9. It is surprising that none of the draft-niks knew anything about Tavai, but it seems now that several teams were eyeing him (including the Pats and Dolphins, now run by Patricia’s successor as Pats DC). Apparently there are still some secrets that at least some teams keep about the draft.
  10. You know whose opinions are always reliable, and never subject to hidden biases or agendas? Anonymous sources.
  11. Cosell offering a highly qualified judgment about Tabor saying that he is “solid” against college competition, appears to lack speed to defend NFL receivers, and is a “good prospect,” but only if “you put aside the timed speed.” Seems reasonable.
  12. Greg Cosell is not employed by the Lions. Per Wikipedia: “Greg Cosell is an NFL analyst and a senior producer at NFL Films. He is the nephew of iconic broadcaster Howard Cosell. Cosell is widely regarded by NFL insiders as one of the most knowledgeable and trusted football analysts.”
  13. Hock had “no weaknesses.” “...the tape really showed Tavai handling multiple responsibilities with poise, maturity and almost always playing under control. He was assignment disciplined, yet played with high energy and competitiveness.”
  14. God forbid that any opinion should go unexpressed, and any opinion un-second-guessed.
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