Lions trade Cason and Foster; Grab 3 in 7th

Lions' running back Aveion Cason and wide receiver Larry Foster were dealt to the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals, respectively, for two additional 7th round selections. Detroit used the selections, in addition to their standard 7th round pick, for prospects Ben Johnson (OT), Danny "Blue" Adams (CB), and Travis Anglin (WR). In-depth reviews on each player available inside!

Name:  Ben Johnson [216th overall] School:  Wisconsin  Year:   5Sr

Ht:  6-6  Wt:  320  40:  5.38  Pos:  T

Bio: Four year starter who saw most of his action at left tackle after playing sparingly on the right side as both a red-shirt freshman and sophomore.

Pos: Big, powerful blocker best in confined quarters.  Squares into defenders, displays top overall body strength and gets movement from his run blocks or anchors at the point in pass protection.  Relatively quick off the snap, works hard with his hands and uses good body positioning to wall-off defenders.  Sets with a wide base, effective with his angles and a nasty lineman who attacks defenders and looks to finish the play.  Keeps his feet moving throughout the action and easily rides opponents out of their angle of attack once engaged at the point.

Neg:  Gets a bit straight legged, does not block with leverage and lacks balance.  Stiff, has difficulty with nimble opponents and sustains his blocks for only a short period.  Lacks lateral range and struggles with his foot work.

Analysis:   Did a fine job in college on the blind side but a marginal athlete with limited skills to play in space, and the right side is a better fit for him where his area responsibilities will be kept to a minimum.


Name: Danny Adams [220th overall] School: Cincinnati Year: 5Sr

Ht: 5-9.5 Wt: 182 40: 4.55 Pos: CB

Bio: Second team All-Conference selection as a senior after posting 57 tackles, 6 interceptions and 17 pass break-ups. Reserve cornerback the prior two seasons after suffering the effects of a torn medial collateral ligament, originally injured in August of 1999. C-USA All Freshman selection in '98 after starting four games recording 20 tackles and 4 interceptions.

Pos: Fine sized corner with excellent cover skills coming off a solid senior campaign. Displays solid footwork moving off the line, fluid in his hips and loses nothing transitioning to run with opponents. Reads the quarterback, times his pass defenses well and quickly plants on the ball, showing a burst of closing speed. Keeps the play in front of him, comes up the field and wraps up tackling the ball carrier in run support. Works well with the safety, uses his body to box out opponents and good ball skills.

Neg: Does not time well in the forty, slow turning back to the pass downfield and suffered a major knee injury in 1999.

Analysis: Had a fine senior campaign last season and showed the cover skills he previously displayed as a true freshman. Gives one the idea he can play at the next level in either zone coverage or backed off the line of scrimmage, but the stability of his knee will be a big question.


Name:  Travis Anglin [260 overall]  School:  Memphis  Year:   5Sr

Ht:  6-3.5  Wt:  195  40:  4.65  Pos:  WR

Bio: Former starting quarterback who moved to receiver as a senior and proceeded to lead the team with 52 receptions for 672 yards and 5 scores, earning second team All-Conference honors.  Passing totals as a junior were 54.8%/1,459/12/10.

Pos: Nice sized athlete who took well as a pass catcher last season.  Fluid releasing off the line of scrimmage, displays solid footwork in and out of his breaks and stays low exiting his routes.  Shields away opponents with his large frame, extends his hands and adjusts backwards to the errant throw.  Consistently catches the ball away from his body and works to keep the play in bounds running after the catch.

Neg:  Must become more aware and make himself an available target coming back to the football.  Lacks the top end speed and ability to make plays deep into the secondary.

Analysis:  Flashed skill as a senior, yet at the same time built some consistency at his new position.  Must refine his overall receiver techniques, but potentially a solid fourth receiver at the next level.


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