The Lions are 3-12 in those games
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20 January, 2020 01:59
If you’re like me Ricky Jean Francois Jersey , you’re either too busy or too disinterested in the draft during the NFL season to pay much attention to scouting or mock drafts or anything of the like. But now that the Detroit Lions’ season is over, Monday night provides the perfect opportunity to dip your toe into the draft pool. The Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers face off at 8 p.m. ET, and each team is full of potential NFL talent that would could see taken in the first couple days of the draft.So with a specific focus on the Lions’ specific needs, here are the top 10 players to watch on Monday night.When Alabama has the ballAlabama TE Irv Smith Jr. (#82)No one wants to hear it, but the Lions need a tight end and need one badly. At 6-foot-4, 241, Smith may have to put on some weight to hang in the NFL, but his junior year has been prolific. Smith has 40 catches for 667 yards and seven touchdown for the Tide. CBS Sports lists Lions as a potential fit, listing him as a second or third-round prospect. Clemson EDGE Clelin Ferrell (#99)Edge is easily one of the Lions’ biggest needs and Ferrell is a tempting prospect. Ferrell pulled in 11.5 sacks this season, but draft gurus are split on his pro potential. He hasn’t shown a myriad of pass rush moves, but this league values pass rushers and Ferrell will likely go in the first round based on athleticism and 2018 production.Clemson CB Trayvon Mullen (#1)If edge isn’t the Lions’ biggest need, cornerback is. Detroit has been searching for years for someone opposite Darius Slay and Trayvon Mullen is an interesting option. Mullen is a big, physical type of corner—and that can sometimes get him in penalty trouble. His numbers are far from gaudy—just three passes defended and zero interceptions in 2018—but the league is trending towards strong physical corners, and Mullen fits that bill.Clemson DL Christian Wilkins (#42)Do the words “versatile Levine Toilolo Jersey ,” “interior pass rush” and “extreme athleticism” appeal to you? Then Christian Wilkins is your dude. He can two-gap, he can pass rush, and he’s got “extremely high character.” He may not be a top-10 talent, but if the Lions manage to trade down a bit in the draft, Wilkins would be an intriguing option. Clemson DT Dexter Lawrence (#90)Yes, a third Clemson defensive lineman makes the list. They’re that good. Unfortunately, Lawrence will not play on Monday due to a failed drug test, so just watch his highlights vs. Auburn in 2017 here:When Clemson has the ballAlabama DT Quinnen Williams (#92)The crown jewel of the game, Quinnen Williams may be too good of a talent to fall to the Lions at eighth overall, and the Lions don’t exactly have a pressing need at nose, but keep an eye on WilliamsMuch like Da’Shawn Hand, Williams didn’t make a lot of noise early in his Alabama career, but Williams’ 2018 season has seen his stock skyrocket: 18.0 tackles for loss, 8.0 sacks Christian Jones Jersey , and PFF dominatorA’Shawn Robinson is entering the final year of his contract and Damon Harrison Sr. only has two years left on his deal. If Williams somehow falls to Detroit, or the Lions decide to get aggressive, he’s very much in play.Alabama S Deionte Thompson (#14)Safety may not seem like a huge need for the Lions, with Tracy Walker ready to assume Glover Quin’s role. However, the Lions love to use as many safeties as possible, and Thompson would give Detroit a ton of versatility in the secondary. Thompson is already drawing comparisons to potential defensive rookie of the year Derwin James. Thompson has ball skills, range and just about everything you’d want in a safety. He is very much in play for the Lions at No. 8 overall.Alabama DL Raekwon Davis (#99)We know how much the Lions love themselves some Bama boys on their defensive front and Davis would be an easy fit in Detroit’s scheme. Statistically, Davis took a step back from his 10.0 TFL, 8.5 sack-performance in 2017, but he was still disruptive this year and could be more ammo for the Lions’ interior defensive line. Clemson WR Hunter Renfrow (#13)I’m not one to think that Golden Tate is going to make his way back to Detroit after winning a Super Bowl for the Eagles, and I’m not on the Brandon Powell hype train. So the Lions need a crisp route-runner that can create separation... preferably out of the slot. That’s where Renfrow steps in. A four-year player at Clemson, Renfrow’s stats will not blow you away—he’s only surpassed 600 yards once in his college career (602 in 2017)—but the man has phenomenal hands and is the chain-mover the Lions could use:Alabama CB Trevon Diggs (#7)Okay, I’m cheating here again. Diggs will not play in this game, as he broke his foot. Injuries have kind of derailed Diggs’ career Devon Kennard Jersey , but the defensive back—brother of Vikings WR Stefon Diggs—was playing out of his mind early in the year, racking up six passes defended in six games. Watch him vs. Ole Miss this year to get your fix: MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings turned their defensive line loose on Matthew Stafford in a dominant performance that would have made the old Purple People Eaters proud.This unstoppable pass rush was led, predictably, by Danielle Hunter.Hunter had 3 1/2 of Minnesota’s franchise-record 10 sacks plus a fourth-quarter fumble return for a touchdown , tormenting Stafford and the Detroit Lions all afternoon in a 24-9 victory by the Vikings on Sunday.“We knew he liked to throw the ball down the field, so that’s something that really helped us a lot because he held on to the ball,” said Hunter, who moved into the NFL lead with 11 1/2 sacks for the season. “So as long as we executed the rush plan, we knew we’d be able to get back there.”Hunter also was credited with nine tackles and four quarterback hits. The Vikings (5-3-1) limited the Lions (3-5) to a season-low 214 total yards, and their pressure on Stafford was so intense he literally had pieces of rubber pellets from the artificial turf flushed out of his left eye in the second quarter. The Lions had a streak of 25 consecutive games with at least 14 points come to a crashing halt.“The fault is on everybody,” said Stafford, who was sacked a total of 13 times over the first seven games. “I have to get the ball out faster.”After Dalvin Cook dropped a pitch from Kirk Cousins and A’Shawn Robinson recovered at the Detroit 28 with Minnesota leading 17-6, the Lions converted a fake punt to keep that drive alive. Two plays later, Stafford ran right on the short side of the field and tried an option-style flip that Kerryon Johnson was unable to secure Isaac Nauta Detroit Lions Jersey , and Hunter scooped it up on his way to the easy score.“I don’t know why he pitched it. He could’ve just run,” Hunter said. “I thought it was a pass all the way, but I guess he didn’t want to get hit or something.”That happened a lot, including a total of three times in the second quarter on two separate possessions inside the Minnesota 20 that forced the Lions to settle for field goals by Matt Prater.After a throw by Cousins to Adam Thielen near midfield was intercepted by Darius Slay, the Lions made it as far as the 12-yard line. Hunter sacked Stafford on consecutive snaps, sharing the first one with Everson Griffen.“He’s a freak of nature. He looks like a superhero,” Griffen said of the fourth-year defensive end. “I expected that from him.”Nine of the 10 sacks by the Vikings came from their front four, including 2 1/2 by backup defensive tackle Tom Johnson. During the heyday of the Purple People Eaters, the Vikings had nine sacks in a game in 1968, 1969 and 1970. They also did it in 1993. But this was the record-setter, thanks to a well-timed mix of blitzes called by coach Mike Zimmer and the relentless rush by Hunter and his friends up front.“We know if we give them time, they’ll get there,” safety Harrison Smith said. “It’s fun to be a part of.”HE’S COOKIN’With one burst through a big hole in the left side of the line , Cook made clear he’s healthy again with a 70-yard gain in the second quarter to set up a short touchdown catch by Thielen. According to the NFL’s NextGen Stats tracker Isaac Nauta Jersey 2019 , he averaged 22.07 mph during that run for the fastest in the league this season. The Lions have allowed a rush of 50-plus yards in four different games this year.NOT THIELEN ITThielen’s streak of 100-yard receiving games ended at eight in a row, leaving him in a tie for the record with Lions legend Calvin Johnson. The Lions double-covered him often, taking advantage of the absence of fellow standout Stefon Diggs to rib injury, and Thielen finished with only four receptions for 22 yards.STACKS OF SACKSThe previous high sack total for Stafford in his career was seven, against the Vikings in 2015. He has been sacked five times or more on 15 different occasions, six of those by the Vikings. The Lions are 3-12 in those games.“It’s a big shot to our pride,” left guard Frank Ragnow said.UH-OHThe opening kickoff was ominous for the Lions when Prater slipped after his leg swing, an unintentional squib the Vikings returned to their 35. Practice squad promotion Chad Beebe caught back-to-back passes on the first drive of his NFL debut. The second one netted 13 yards on fourth-and-2 from the Detroit 37. Latavius Murray finished the march with a 1-yard touchdown run.INJURY REPORTLions: DE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) returned from a six-game absence with had a sack in the closing seconds of the second quarter that forced the Vikings to settle for a field goal. … LT Taylor Decker left in the third quarter with an undisclosed injury but later returned.Vikings: LB Anthony Barr (hamstring) and LG Tom Compton (knee) were held out for the second straight game, and SS Andrew Sendejo (groin) missed his fourth straight contest. … Backup TE David Morgan hobbled off in the third quarter with a left knee injury.UP NEXTLions: Play at Chicago next Sunday.Vikings: Play at Chicago on Nov. 18, after the bye.

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