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Bullucks won't even be healthy for the beginning of next year. I am stunned. Sims is too talented to give up on. I don't see his replacement on the roster, either (unless it is Dizon).

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Bullucks won't even be healthy for the beginning of next year. I am stunned. Sims is too talented to give up on. I don't see his replacement on the roster, either.

Sims isn't as talented as you are making him out to be, but you are right about the replacement not being there. That said, Mayhew always seems to be 2 steps ahead of everyone on this type of stuff, so I'm going to trust him on this one. For all we know, we'll be drafting the WLB version of Levy in the 3rd round this year.

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Sims isn't as talented as you are making him out to be, but you are right about the replacement not being there. That said, Mayhew always seems to be 2 steps ahead of everyone on this type of stuff, so I'm going to trust him on this one. For all we know, we'll be drafting the WLB version of Levy in the 3rd round this year.

Yes, he is. His workout at his combine was special, and hasn't been close to duplicated. He's a physical freak.

Rotoworld has an interesting take...

Lions acquired TE Tony Scheffler and a 2010 seventh-round pick from the Broncos in a three-team trade that also sent LB Ernie Sims to the Eagles in exchange for a 2010 fifth-round pick.

Denver gets the fifth-rounder. Scheffler, strictly a pass-catching tight end, will play behind Brandon Pettigrew once Detroit's starter returns from his torn ACL. Scheffler adds a vertical threat to Matthew Stafford's arsenal, taking more pressure off Calvin Johnson. Pettigrew and Scheffler figure to cancel each other out in terms of 2010 fantasy value. Though injury prone, Sims gives the Birds a physical presence on the weak side. Both Scheffler and Sims are in contract years and Denver didn't acquire a premium pick. This is a low-risk deal all around, with potentially high rewards for Philly and Detroit.

http://www.rotoworld.com/

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Sims has one thing going for him -- speed. Once that's gone his NFL career will be over.

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Yes, he is. His workout at his combine was special, and hasn't been close to duplicated. He's a physical freak.

Goes to show NFL combine numbers are not a definitive indicator of future success, contrary to the opinion of several people (I'm not trying to single you you BTW cruzer).

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Welcome to Detroit, Daryl Washington.

Corner will always be a more important position.

Sims has one thing going for him -- speed. Once that's gone his NFL career will be over.

He's got great physical skills, moving laterally. He's a tough player. Philly did well.

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Goes to show NFL combine numbers are not a definitive indicator of future success, contrary to the opinion of several people (I'm not trying to single you you BTW cruzer).

It wasn't about the numbers, it was the positional drills that he blew out the water.

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smarts (or non smarts in this case) usually trump physical skills.

How do you know how smart he is? He's had injury problems.

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Corner will always be a more important position.

Draft BPA with emphasis on positions of need. Washington was never seriously discussed by fans because nobody seriously thought Sims was going to be traded. I have a hard time seeing corners such as McCourty, Jackson, Ghee, Cook, or Robinson being rated better than Washington. I always thought Washington was a PERFECT fit for Detroit at 34, and was hoping Sims would be traded to make room for such a move.

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Current LB's on the roster...

46 Ciurciu, Vinny LB 6-0 240 29 7 Boston College

57 Dizon, Jordon LB 6-0 232 24 3 Colorado

49 Follett, Zack LB 6-1 236 22 2 California

55 Johnson, Landon LB 6-2 232 29 7 Purdue

54 Levy, DeAndre LB 6-1 238 23 2 Wisconsin

58 Palmer, Ashlee LB 6-1 236 24 2 Mississippi

59 Peterson, Julian LB 6-3 240 31 11 Michigan State

Detroit Lions | Player Roster

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How do you know how smart he is? He's had injury problems.

Because I've watched him play since he was drafted. Speed and physicality are of no use when you are constantly out of position.

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Draft BPA with emphasis on positions of need. Washington was never seriously discussed by fans because nobody seriously thought Sims was going to be traded. I have a hard time seeing corners such as McCourty, Jackson, Ghee, Cook, or Robinson being rated better than Washington. I always thought Washington was a PERFECT fit for Detroit at 34, and was hoping Sims would be traded to make room for such a move.

Who's your 2nd corner, then? They could use an influx of young players. I'm very high on Washington, but he's not going to affect the defense like a good corner.

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It has to do with Sims lack of value not Scheffler's value.

Plus we rid the State of Michigan of the menace of all those lizards that Ernie Sims kept.

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Who's your 2nd corner, then? They could use an influx of young players. I'm very high on Washington, but he's not going to affect the defense like a good corner.

I just don't see a big drop off amongst corners from 2nd round to 4th round. Weigh that with the fact that I think Washington is the best WLB in the draft and both positions are position of need, I think you wait on your corner and select a player like Myron Lewis in the 4th.

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Scheffler: Restore the Roar! | All Things Broncos

Scheffler: Restore the Roar!By Mike Klis Add a comment

Just called Tony Scheffler. Minutes earlier, he was dealt to his hometown Detroit Lions in a three-team deal that sent linebacker Ernie Sims to Philly and the Eagles’ fifth-round draft pick to Denver.

First thing Scheffler said:

“”Restore the Roar!’’

This has been the Lions’ slogan since Jim Schwartz was brought in revive an 0-16 franchise prior to the 2009 season.

Scheffler grew up a Lions’ fan in Chelsea, Mich., an hour’s drive from Detroit.

“”I was just talking to my brother about that,’’ Scheffler said. “”It’s going to be surreal walking into that locker room and putting on those clothes for the first time.’’

He’ll pinch himself soon enough. The Lions are having an organized training activity Tuesday and they’ve asked Scheffler to be there.

Scheffler not only adds protection in case tight end Brandon Pettigrew takes a while to rebound from ACL surgery, but he will play on the affordable $1.176 million salary he was tendered by the Broncos as a restricted free agent last month.

Expect the Lions to use plenty of two, tight-end formations in 2010.

The three-team trade went through after Scheffler talked to Lions coach Jim Schwartz by phone and agreed not to seek a new contract. Scheffler would become an unrestricted free agent after this season if the league reaches a new collective bargaining agreement.

Scheffler is excited to be joining a Lions’ offense led by quarterback Matthew Stafford, the No. 1 overall draft pick in the 2009 draft who had a big games as a rookie.

“”Just hearing Jay (Cutler) talk about him, _ their personalities are different but I think they’re very similar about how they play on the field,’’ Scheffler said. “”I’m looking forward to playing with a young quarterback who has an arm like that.’

During his four seasons with the Broncos, Scheffler led all tight ends with a 13.7-yard per catch average. He was unhappy with his limited use in 2009 and his complaints to teammates got back to coach Josh McDaniels, who essentially suspended Scheffler from the final game of the season.

The Broncos didn’t get much value back for Scheffler, who was a second-round draft pick out of Western Michigan in 2006.

“”It’s unfortunate the way it ended there,’’ Scheffler said. “”But it’s a business and I’m excited about playing for the Lions.’’

Sims, who the Lions selected with the No. 9 pick in the 2006 draft, is in the final year of his five-year rookie deal that will pay him $1.05 million this year.

Mike Klis: 303-954-1055 or mklis@denverpost.com

Restore the roar came from Wayne Fontes.

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Not against moving Sims as he was an underachiever and didn't fit in this system. Not sure I get adding another TE and depleating the LB corps even more but maybe they have something in mind.

Mayhew has a ton of work left to improve this defense. The back 7 looks horrible right now. They will need to add 4-5 players that can come in and contribute right away. I'm not sure if he can find that many quality players for 2010 in the later rounds of the draft and 2nd & 3rd free agent periods.

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Not against moving Sims as he was an underachiever and didn't fit in this system. Not sure I get adding another TE and depleating the LB corps even more but maybe they have something in mind.

Mayhew has a ton of work left to improve this defense. The back 7 looks horrible right now. They will need to add 4-5 players that can come in and contribute right away. I'm not sure if he can find that many quality players for 2010 in the later rounds of the draft and 2nd & 3rd free agent periods.

My guess is the Lions know they have another 3-6 win team next year, so they will treat this year pretty much the same as last year, with 2011 being the target year to possibly be playoff competitive.

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My guess is the Lions know they have another 3-6 win team next year, so they will treat this year pretty much the same as last year, with 2011 being the target year to possibly be playoff competitive.

Exactly. The Lions have found enough starters and replacements this season to improve. If they can do the same thing next offseason, they could be pretty good. It's not a one-year fix though.

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