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  1. He will live in my heart & mind until the day I pass. Thank You Ernie for being a great broadcaster and a better person. My condolences to his family and everyone he touched in his life.
  2. Lions DE takes aim at rare jump from Canada to NFL John Niyo / The Detroit News' Allen Park -- The odds are stacked against most of the 30-plus players who competed in the Lions' rookie minicamp last weekend. Chima Ihekwoaba understands that as well as anyone. But Ihekwoaba, a defensive end from Burlington, Ontario, is hoping to join a select group of Canadian-born players in the NFL. And he took his first step Sunday, signing a free-agent contract with the Lions after attending camp on a tryout basis. The 6-foot-4, 260-pounder was a standout at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, a two-hour drive from Detroit. There were no players from Canadian universities among the 255 selected in last month's NFL draft. But a half-dozen have signed free-agent deals with NFL teams or accepted tryout offers in the last week. And while Ihekwoaba has other options -- he was selected 14th overall by the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League on Sunday -- he's focused on this land of opportunity for now. "Not only is it easier now for Canadian players to make it in the NFL, but it makes you more motivated," Ihekwoaba said. "Some guys opened up the door for us. I just want to come in and kick it down. There were some other guys that went to the CFL combine a month ago and they did pretty well, so some of them signed free agent contracts and some of them got tryouts. We're just trying to show that up in Canada we can play football, too." There's a financial incentive for making it in the NFL, of course. The minimum salary in the NFL this season is $325,000, about three times what a first-round CFL draft pick will make as a rookie. Ihekwoaba is no stranger to Michigan. He spent last summer working out in Saline with Dr. D.S. Ping, a certified NFL agent and trainer. And for inspiration, he didn't have to look far. Among Ping's other clients are NFL players Israel Idonije (Chicago Bears) -- a defensive end who also came out of the Canadian college ranks -- and Patrick Bailey (Pittsburgh Steelers). Ihekwoaba missed most of his senior season at Wilfrid Laurier after suffering a serious shoulder injury that required surgery to repair a torn labrum. "But they fixed it up and it's stronger than ever now," he said. At last month's CFL combine, Ihekwoaba posted some impressive numbers, including a 41-inch vertical leap -- that would've been the best at his position at the NFL combine -- and a 4.78-second 40-yard dash. Ihekwoaba drew interest from other NFL teams including Pittsburgh and Miami -- some as a 3-4 outside linebacker -- but opted for a tryout offer from the Lions, at least in part because it's closer to his family's home just outside of Toronto. His father is retired aerospace engineer. His mother is a kindergarten teacher. Asked if he'd played any hockey growing up, Ihekwoaba laughed. "Basketball, soccer, track, football," he said, shaking his head. "But no hockey." And right now, it's just football. He'll join the rest of the rookies in returning to Allen Park May 17 for offseason workouts. "It's a great opportunity," Ihekwoaba said. "I'm just trying to make the most of it." From The Detroit News: Lions DE takes aim at rare jump from Canada to NFL | detnews.com | The Detroit News
  3. Lions Sign Canadian DE Chima Ihekwoaba By Brian McIntyre on May 02, 2010 with 0 Comments The Detroit Lions have signed rookie free agent defensive end Chima Ihekwoaba, Tom Kowalski of MLive.com reports. Financial terms were not disclosed, but Kowalski reports that it’s a one-year contract. Ihekwoaba participated in the Lions’ rookie mini-camp this weekend on a tryout basis. The Burlington, Ontario native played his college ball at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. The 6-4, 260-pounder missed most of last season with a shoulder injury, but ran a 4.78-second time in the 40-yard dash, did 23 reps on the bench press (225-pounds), and displayed a 41″ vertical jump at the CFL’s “evaluation camp” in March. The Montreal Alouettes selected Ihekwoaba in the second round (14th pick overall) in the CFL Draft on Sunday.
  4. GREAT BLUE NORTH DRAFT REPORT NEWS AND INFORMATION ON THE NFL DRAFT THE SLEEPER FILE PROSPECTS TO WATCH FOR THE 2010 DRAFT 11. WR/PR Tim Toone, Weber State; 5-9, 175, 4.42 ... For the most part when looking for sleeper WRs we've focused on the search for the next Marques Colston, however, today we're looking for the next Wes Welker and may have found a clone at Weber State in WR Tim Toone who isn't all that big at just 5-9, 175, but he runs track for the school and has been timed in the 4.4 range for the 40. Toone is also very quick, runs precise routes and has excellent hands. Indeed, he caught 167 passes in the 2008-2009 seasons during which he averaged ove 15 yards per catch and scored 17 times as he showed the ability both to get deep as well as find the soft spots undereath as a third down possession receiver. For good measure Toone also emerged as a dangerous punt breturner last fall when he averaged almost 20 yards per return and returned 2 kicks for scores before teams started to punt away from him. Lack of prototype size will obviously be an issue for Toone along with the fact that he competed against lower level competition. Toone is also a little older than the average prospect as he did a two-year LDS mission and turned 25 this winter
  5. Mike Mayock, NFL Network A few more thoughts as we move through the seventh round: The Lions drafted another edge rusher in Willie Young of NC St. He's 6-5, 251, with 34 1/2-inch arms. He's high-hipped, but highly inconsistent. However, he's a natural bender who can accelerate of the edge and get to the QB.
  6. 6th rounder in 2011 ? I don't think phila has a pick left in 2010
  7. I know its not a need but I liked Jarrett Brown a lot at the senior bowl. he could play the wildcat
  8. Will the Lions draft any players they coached at the senior bowl ?
  9. Is it time to trade back ? they could use more picks in this draft or next year.
  10. cruzer1 Looks pretty good. the only major areas of disagreement I have with your mock are # 7 Browns - Kyle Wilson ,# 8 Raiders - Mike Iupati & # 28 Chargers -Terrence Cody. #7 Browns - E. Thomas - S #8 Raiders - Jason Pierre-Paul - DE -OLB - this may be a reach, but I'm trying to think like Davis. They will try land Bruce Campbell OT in round 2 #28 Chargers -Ryan Mathews RB
  11. This guy is the best I've seen over the years. He's from Detroit and has been on the money when it comes to Lions picks. He was one of the few that had Brandon Pettigrew going to the Lions last year. Rick Gosselin's final mock draft By RICK GOSSELIN / The Dallas Morning News rgosselin@dallasnews.com 1. ST. LOUIS RAMS Sam Bradford, Quarterback, Oklahoma The Rams have passed on potential franchise quarterbacks Matt Ryan and Mark Sanchez in the last two drafts. Both have started NFL playoff games. St. Louis must stop ignoring the quarterback position. Other needs: QB, Pass rush, WR, DT 2. DETROIT LIONS Ndamukong Suh, Defensive tackle, Nebraska The Lions need defensive size to tackle Adrian Peterson, plus an inside pass rush to pressure Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler in the division. Suh fills both bills for the NFL's 32nd-ranked defense. Other needs: RB, CB, DL, OL 3. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS Gerald McCoy, Defensive tackle, Oklahoma The Buccaneers were one of the NFL's best teams throughout the 2000 decade on the strength of a dominating defensive front. Tampa Bay is no longer dominant up front. Time to reload. Other needs: DE, DT, LB, WR 4. WASHINGTON REDSKINS Russell Okung, Offensive tackle, Oklahoma State If the Redskins can't protect Donovan McNabb, he will suffer the same fate as Jason Campbell (46 sacks and a loss of confidence). Incumbent Chris Samuels has retired at left tackle, so this pick becomes a walk-in starter. Other needs: LT, QB, NT, RB 5. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS Eric Berry, Safety, Tennessee The Chiefs brought in Mike Vrabel for leadership a year ago. But he's 35 this season. Berry will be running the KC defense inside of a year. He's never not started in his football career and also offers corner cover skills. Other needs: DT, LB, S, WR 6. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS Trent Williams, Offensive tackle, Oklahoma Like the Redskins, the Seahawks also need to find a blindside pass protector for their veteran quarterback. Seattle QBs were sacked 41 times last season, and Matt Hasselbeck couldn't stay healthy under that assault. Other needs: OT, QB, RB, DE 7. CLEVELAND BROWNS Derrick Morgan, Outside linebacker, Georgia Tech The Browns need help across the board on defense. They traded their top pass rusher (OLB Kamerion Wimbley) to Oakland this off-season. Morgan is coming off a 12 ½-sack season at Georgia Tech. Other needs: QB, S, CB, DE 8. OAKLAND RAIDERS Anthony Davis, Offensive tackle, Rutgers No quarterback – not JaMarcus Russell, Bruce Gradkowski or Charlie Frye – has a chance until the Raiders start protecting him. Oakland allowed 49 sacks in 2009. Davis is the best athlete of any left tackle on the board. Other needs: LT, QB, LB, DE 9. BUFFALO BILLS Dan Williams, Defensive tackle, Tennessee The Bills are switching to a 3-4 defense in 2010, and that scheme starts with a nose tackle who can attract double- and triple-teams. Williams is that guy. At 327, he's a space-eater who makes plays. Other needs: QB, NT, OT, WR 10. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS Brandon Graham, Defensive end, Michigan Graham is the most polished pass rusher in this draft. He'll have the quickest impact – and a Jacksonville defense that ranked last in the NFL in sacks is in dire need of someone who can have an instant impact. Other needs: Pass rush, LB, S, DT 11. DENVER BRONCOS Rolando McClain, Middle linebacker, Alabama The Broncos cut starting inside middle linebacker Andra Davis at season's end. McClain is a walk-in starter. He won the Butkus Award as the best linebacker in college football last season. Other needs: MLB, DT, WR, Power RB 12. MIAMI DOLPHINS Demaryius Thomas, Wide receiver, Georgia Tech The Dolphins have a young quarterback in Chad Henne. The way to accelerate his development is to surround him with playmakers. With the arrival of Brandon Marshall and Thomas, Henne could be a Pro Bowler very soon. Other needs: NT, RB, S, CB 13. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS Joe Haden, Cornerback, Florida The 49ers will look at RB C.J. Spiller – but he'd arrive as a backup to Frank Gore. Haden walks in as a starter and fills a void in an area of need. You can't win the NFC West unless you can cover Larry Fitzgerald. Other needs: OT, CB, S, WR 14. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS Ryan Mathews, Halfback, Fresno State Mathews is better suited to be an every-down back than C.J. Spiller because he has the bulk at 220 pounds. Spiller is a Reggie Bush clone at 198 pounds. The Seahawks need an every-down back to improve the NFL's 26th-ranked rushing attack. Other needs: OT, QB, RB, DE 15. NEW YORK GIANTS Jason Pierre-Paul, Defensive end, South Florida Pierre-Paul played only one season of college football but has the most upside of any pass rusher in this draft at 6-5, 270 with 4.64 speed. Osi Umenyiora (Troy) was supposed to be a project, too, and he became a Pro Bowler. Other needs: MLB, Pass rush, CB, TE 16. TENNESSEE TITANS Kyle Wilson, Cornerback, Boise State The Titans need to improve the front and back end of their defense. But the D-line quality has vanished by this point of the draft. So the focus shifts to a very talented first-round cornerback board. Other needs: DE, CB, S, KR 17. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS Bryan Bulaga, Offensive tackle, Iowa The 49ers need a right tackle to bookend Joe Staley on the left side, and the best right tackle in the draft slides to them at 17. They'd look again at C.J. Spiller, but quality tackles are harder to find than running backs. Other needs: OT, CB, S, WR 18. PITTSBURGH STEELERS Maurkice Pouncey, Center, Florida With Ben Roethlisberger's future in flux, the Steelers are likely to revert to the power offense that won Super Bowls in the 1970s. But you need blockers, and Pouncey gives them flexibility at center and guard. Other needs: Int. OL, CB, S, QB 19. ATLANTA FALCONS Mike Iupati, Guard, Idaho Like the Steelers, the Falcons need to get their run game back on track. They fell from first in the NFL in 2008 to 15th in 2009. Better blockers produce better runners. Iupati is the best drive-blocker in the draft. Other needs: CB, S, Int. OL 20. HOUSTON TEXANS C.J. Spiller, Halfback, Clemson The Texans can't have another season from Steve Slaton like 2009. Maybe it was a sophomore slump. Spiller gives them insurance against that. He's also a fine complementary piece if Slaton does bounce back. Other needs: RB, CB, Int. OL, S 21. CINCINNATI BENGALS Jermaine Gresham, Tight end, Oklahoma The Bengals need to give QB Carson Palmer a reliable safety-valve option. Cincinnati got fewer than 50 catches from its tight ends last season. Gresham can be to Palmer what Jason Witten is to Tony Romo. Other needs: TE, DE, Int.OL, S 22. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS Earl Thomas, Safety, Texas The Patriots have defensive needs in this draft but also the luxury of taking the best player on the board. It's Thomas, who gives them a combination of a cover safety and ballhawk. He had eight interceptions last fall. Other needs: TE, DL, Pass rush, CB 23. GREEN BAY PACKERS Jerry Hughes, Outside linebacker, TCU Dom Capers would like to give the Packers a version of the Blitzburgh scheme he ran in Pittsburgh in the 1990s. He has one elite pass rusher in Clay Matthews, and Hughes would give Capers pressure from the other side. Other needs: Pass rush, OT, CB 24. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES Devin McCourty, Cornerback, Rutgers Not only is McCourty an elite cover cornerback, he may be the best special teams player in this draft. He blocked seven kicks and returned a kickoff for a touchdown in his career. He replaces Sheldon Brown. Other needs: OL, DL, CB, TE 25. BALTIMORE RAVENS Kareem Jackson, Cornerback, Alabama The Ravens have always won with a physical brand of defense, and Jackson is the most physical corner in this draft. He goes from the No. 2-ranked defense in college to the No. 3-ranked defense in the NFL. Other needs: DT, TE, CB, Pass rush 26. ARIZONA CARDINALS Sean Weatherspoon, Outside linebacker, Missouri The Cardinals have two huge holes in their defense with the departures this off-season of OLB Karlos Dansby and FS Antrel Rolle. Weatherspoon gives Arizona a linebacker with the same physical and athletic traits as Dansby. Other needs: OLB, S, WR, TE 27. DALLAS COWBOYS Dez Bryant, Wide receiver, Oklahoma State Bryant won't slide to the Cowboys at 27, so look for Jerry Jones to move up if Bryant tumbles deep into the teens. Bryant has immaturity issues that are scaring teams off. Jones still regrets passing on Randy Moss. Other needs: LT, S, WR, Youth on OL 28. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS Jared Odrick, Defensive end, Penn State The Chargers need help up front, and Odrick falls into the category of best player available. The Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Year brings 304 pounds of run defense excellence to NFL's 20th-ranked run defense. Other needs: RB, NT, Blocking TE, CB 29. NEW YORK JETS Patrick Robinson, Cornerback, Florida State There's a flat spot on this board from Nos. 29-32 where first-round talent runs out, and teams will be drafting what they consider second-round players. Look for the Jets to try to trade out. Failing there, give them Robinson. Other needs: C, CB, Pass rush, RB 30. MINNESOTA VIKINGS Jimmy Clausen, Quarterback, Notre Dame The Vikings were hoping a cornerback would slide to them but instead hit the jackpot with the slide of Clausen. He gives them their QB of the future when Brett Favre finally does retire, probably in 2011. Other needs: CB, S, DT, RB 31. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS Rodger Saffold, Offensive tackle, Indiana The Colts released a starting guard (Ryan Lilja) this off-season, so there's an immediate opening on the AFC champions. Saffold has value in his versatility. Scouts think he can play center, guard or tackle. Other needs: OL, DL, 2 CB 32. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS Brian Price, Defensive tackle, UCLA If the Saints want to repeat as NFC South champions, they must bulk up the defensive front to slow down the elite running backs at Atlanta and Carolina. Price was the Pac-10's Defensive Player of the Year. Other needs: OLB, S, DT, Pass rusher
  12. WR Mike Williams signs with Seahawks FREE PRESS NEWS SERVICES SEATTLE — The Seattle Seahawks have signed wide receivers Mike Williams and Reggie Williams , both former first-round draft picks by other teams who then flopped. The team signed the big wide receivers to free- agent contracts today. Both had three-day tryouts in minicamp this week. Mike Williams is the former No. 10 overall draft choice of the Detroit Lions who ballooned to 270 pounds and has been out of the league for two years. He played for new Seahawks coach Pete Carroll at Southern California through 2003. Reggie Williams is the former ninth overall pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars from the University of Washington who is serving two years of probation stemming from a cocaine-possession charge. He’s been out of the league for a year.
  13. .Report: Ex-Lions Shaun Rogers arrested at airport with gun The Detroit News Former Lions defensive tackle Shaun Rogers, currently with the Browns, was arrested at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport with a gun, according to a report. Television station WOIO in Cleveland says Rogers was arrested as he was about to board a flight. The gun was discovered in a bag. Rogers told officers he forgot the gun was in there, according to the report. Rogers was a second-round pick of the Lions in 2001 and he spent his first seven NFL seasons with the team. He has been with the Browns since 2008. From The Detroit News: Report: Ex-Lions Shaun Rogers arrested at airport with gun | detnews.com | The Detroit News
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