NFL mock draft roundup: Free agency leads to more tight ends projected for Lions
ALLEN PARK -- This week’s mock draft roundup is the most all-over-the-board and tight end-heavy since we started tracking these for the Detroit Lions. Deonte Banks, CB, MarylandMocked by: The Athletic staff (Pick 18), Pro Football Focus staff (Pick 18), CBS Sports’ Ryan Wilson (Pick 22 via trade)Detroit’s free agency has opened the door for its projected cornerback pick to come at Pick 18 rather than off the bat. Michael Mayer, TE, Notre DameMocked by: USA Today’s Nate Davis (Pick 18), CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco (Pick 18), ESPN’s Mel Kiper (Pick 18)It makes sense to see the run on tight ends. Will Levis, QB, KentuckyMocked by: Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer (Pick 6), Draft Network (Pick 18)Welcome to this week’s mock draft roundup’s “nope, don’t see that happening” section. On the flip side, it’s worth noting the mock pick from The Athletic comes at No.mlive.com
NFL mock draft roundup: Top 2 cornerbacks and Texas RB remain popular for Lions
We’re one week removed from the NFL’s scouting combine, which means it’s time for another mock draft roundup concerning the Detroit Lions. Myles Murphy, EDGE, ClemsonMocked by: CBS Sports’ Josh Edwards (Pick 18), CBS Sports’ Ryan Wilson (Pick 6), NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks (Pick 6)Myles Murphy also limited himself to the bench press (25 reps) and measurements. Lukas Van Ness, DL, IowaMocked by: MLive’s Ben Raven (Pick 18), Sharp Football Analysis (Pick 6)Instead of focusing on Iowa’s archaic ways of naming starters. Bijan Robinson, RB, TexasMocked by: DraftWire (Pick 23 via trade), NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein (Pick 18), 33rd Team (Pick 18), TouchdownWire’s Doug Farrar (Pick 18), Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer (Pick 18), Walter Football (Pick 18)That’s certainly more than a few names sending a running back to Detroit. Nolan Smith, EDGE, GeorgiaMocked by: SB Nation (Pick 18), Fox Sports (Pick 18)Nolan Smith looked more like a wide receiver than a defensive end in Indianapolis.mlive.com
What’s being said nationally as the 2023 NFL combine wraps up
Running backs and offensive linemen closed the 2023 NFL combine with the final on-field drills from Lucas Oil Stadium. Texas A&M’s Devon Achane led all running backs at 4.32 seconds, improving with his second attempt. Enter your email here:From around the countryNFL combine results tracker -- NFL.com2023 NFL Combine: BYU’s Blake Freeland outjumps A.J. -- Pro Football TalkNFL Combine 2023 results: Live updates as running backs, offensive linemen run 40-yard dash, compete in drills -- CBS SportsAfter dazzling at NFL combine, Florida QB Anthony Richardson now among betting favorites to be No. SportsFree agency, 2023 NFL draft buzz from combine: Latest news, rumors -- ESPNOfficial measurements for every prospect at the combine -- The AthleticMichigan CB Turner’s 4.26 40 fastest of ‘23 combine -- NFL.com2023 NFL combine: Top draft prospect workouts, risers, fastest 40s -- ESPNFrom MLiveFormer second-round pick Levi Onwuzurike still rehabbing back injury for LionsNFL combine: RBs not named Bijan the Lions should watch as on-field drills end2023 NFL combine: What’s being said nationally after quarterback drillsAnthony Richardson makes history at combine, and that’s good news for Lionsmlive.com
Texas RB Bijan Robinson is obsessed with Barry Sanders highlight tapes
Obsessed with Barry Sanders highlight tapes. There was no one like Barry Sanders, and there’s never been another like him since. He was a unanimous All-American selection and won the Doak Walker award as the best running back in the country. Now Robinson is considered the best running back in the draft, and a possible prospect for the Lions at No. They haven’t taken one in the top 20 since, you guessed it, drafting Barry Sanders second overall in 1989.mlive.com
What’s being said nationally after Day 1 of player interviews at NFL combine
INDIANAPOLIS -- The first day of player interviews from the NFL scouting combine is in the books, with defensive linemen and linebackers taking the stage on Wednesday. The Detroit Lions own two first-round picks, not to mention five selections within the first 82 slots. We’ve got a Detroit Lions newsletter! We’ll email you your Detroit Lions news five days a week. Enter your email here:From around the countryGeorgia’s Jalen Carter pulled from media interviews at NFL combine -- The Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionJalen Carter: No Question In My Mind That I Will Be Fully Exonerated -- Pro Football TalkPredicting all 32 NFL teams’ starting quarterback for 2023 -- ESPN2023 NFL Scouting Combine: Candidates to run the fastest 40-yard dash -- NFL.comAuburn’s Owen Pappoe wants to prove at NFL Combine why he’s nicknamed ‘The Freak’ -- AL.comPlayer tracking has modernized NFL scouting.mlive.com
NFL mock draft roundup: Daniel Jeremiah gets QB for Lions in latest projections
Still, it’s a notable week of mocks, with MLive’s first two attempts on the board, not to mention NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah taking a massive swing for the Detroit Lions at Pick 18. MLive’s NFL mock draft 1.0s: Ben Raven beefs up Detroit’s defense | Kyle Meinke goes big for the LionsLet’s get into it with a mock draft roundup from the previous week of mocking, with help from NFL Mock Draft Database:We’ve got a Detroit Lions newsletter! We’ll email you your Detroit Lions news five days a week. Enter your email here:Anthony Richardson, QB, FloridaMocked by: NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah (Pick 18), Yahoo’s Charles McDonald (Pick 6)Pro Football Focus’ Mike Renner also mocked this selection last week. Interestingly, Gonzalez gets love at Pick 6, trades down in the order and even back at Pick 18.mlive.com
2023 NFL combine: Could the Lions use a first-round pick on RB Bijan Robinson?
This is the first of an eight-part series previewing the Detroit Lions’ interests heading into the 2023 NFL combine, which kicks off next week. Jamaal Williams led the way, gaining more yards (1,066) than any Lions player since Kevin Jones in 2004. Jermar Jefferson, a seventh-round pick two years ago, remains the only running back selected by general manager Brad Holmes. He averaged a ridiculous 4.28 yards after contact, which was more than even Robinson (4.17) while running behind the same offensive line. Tyjae Spears, Tulane: He was outstanding at Tulane last season, running for 1,581 yards and 19 touchdowns while helping lead Tulane to a 12-win campaign and top-10 finish.mlive.com
NFL mock draft roundup: CBs remain most popular, while QBs linger for Lions
It’s been a busy week of NFL draft talk, so let’s keep it rolling with another roundup of popular picks for the Detroit Lions. Let’s get into it with a mock draft roundup from the previous week of mocking, with help from the NFL Mock Draft Database:We’ve got a Detroit Lions newsletter! Sports (Pick 6), College Football News (Pick 18), TouchdownWire’s Doug Farrar (Pick 18), Walter Football (Pick 18), Draft Network’s Joe Marino (Pick 6)It’s hard to argue against any of the mocked first-round cornerbacks. Sports (Pick 18), TouchdownWire’s Doug Farrar (Pick 6), Fantasy Pros (Pick 6), DraftWire’s Luke Easterling (Pick 18), SB Nation’s Mark Schofield (Pick 6)Bryan Bresee checks many boxes for a team that needs some depth and juice on the interior defensive line. Michael Mayer, TE, Notre DameMocked by: CBS Sports’ Chris Trapasso (Pick 18)The weekly tight-end mock isn’t going anywhere.mlive.com
NIL deals put just a few bucks in most athletes' pockets
Texas offensive lineman Christian Jones remembers walking up to Bijan Robinson not long ago and asking for a lift, figuring it was least the All-American running back could do for one of the big guys doing all the blocking. “For sure, you have the haves and the have-nots,” said Jake Brandon, who founded a NIL collective at BYU to help put some extra money in the pockets of Cougar athletes. According to the NIL platform INFLCR, the average transaction involving a college football player is $3,396, while a similar platform called Athliance puts it at $3,391.news.yahoo.com
Kansas snaps losing skid and stuns Texas 57-56 in OT
Jalon Daniel hit Jared Casey on a scrambling pass for a 2-point conversion in overtime and Kansas stunned Texas 57-56 Saturday night to snap their eight-game losing streak this season and a 56-game losing streak in Big 12 road games over the past 13 years.
Robinson, Texas running game rumble over Rice 58-0
Texas turned to a punishing run game to wipe out any lingering bad taste of a bad loss. Bijan Robinson ran for three touchdowns in the first half and the Longhorns rolled up 427 yards on the ground in pounding Rice 58-0 Saturday night, a week after a loss a humiliating loss at Arkansas knocked the Longhorns out of the Top 25. Texas quarterback Casey Thompson got his first career start, but it was the smashing running game behind Robinson and Roschon Johnson that had the game quickly out of hand.news.yahoo.com
Texas overcomes Ehlinger injury, routs Colorado 55-23
(AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO – Texas has been tested all year, but losing senior quarterback Sam Ehlinger to a shoulder injury was an obstacle the Longhorns never anticipated. 20 Texas overcame Ehlinger’s injury to beat Colorado 55-23 in the Valero Alamo Bowl on Tuesday night. Ehlinger missed the second half after sustaining a shoulder injury in the second quarter. Thompson started the second half in place of Ehlinger and led Texas to a touchdown on its opening possession. Texas: The Longhorns found a capable replacement for Ehlinger in Thompson.