Potential Lions Draftees

Here is the possible first two rounds picks of the Lions.

Round 1 - There is a lot of ways the Lions could go in the first round and a trade out of the 3rd spot is not out of the question. Possible picks in the first round are:

QB- Joey Harrington, Oregon, Senior 6-3 211 4.90 Harrington is a winner, and he has the size and arm strength to play in the NFL. He needs to improve on his accuracy to be a top draft pick. Harrington needs to make better decisions with the football, and sometimes throw the ball into coverage when he thinks he can make a play. But Harrington has good poise and resourcefulness on the field. Harrington is a very good leader but needs to be able to read defense's better to become an outstanding quarterback. Harrington is strictly a pocket passer with good setup quickness and mechanics. Harrington has a good feel for passing game and shows good timing on his passes. He has a strong arm with good zip on the deep out and has strength to advance ball down field. He has a quick release and shows ability to lay the deep ball in over coverage. Harrington lacks mobility and doesn't buy that much time in the pocket. Because of that he needs to become better at beating the blitz to make up for lack of mobility. Since Harrington is a pure pocket passer he makes up for his lack of mobility with good instincts, experience and leadership. He shows the ability to move an offense with his passing skills. Harrington has the tools and intangibles to become a solid starter in the NFL; he has the arm and touch to be a very good passer.

CB - Quentin Jammer, Texas, Senior 6-0 193 4.50 Jammer is a big, physical corner who excels in man coverage and has good instincts. His combination of size, speed, and physical skills are outstanding. He plays very aggressive and has excellent physical tools that have earned him a lot of attention. He has the ability to bump receivers off the line and also is very aggressive when he plays off the ball because he'll lay some blows on guys to break up short passes. He is confident corner who has the ability to jam receivers at the line because has the speed to catch up. He has good man-to-man coverage skills, and also can play in a zone. He does a good job in press coverage, where he can use his power to get into wide receivers' bodies. He has very good closing speed and has fluid hips so he can turn and run. He is very good in run support and is a good tackler. Jammer is the complete package. Durability and health history are concerns, he missed '99 season with shoulder injury.

(if they trade out of # 3) CB - Phillip Buchanon, Miami, Junior 5-10 180 Buchanon has the ability to make things happen on the field who is a shutdown cornerback. Buchanan has decent size and good speed. Buchanon is a very versatile guy who can play up on the receiver or off the ball, but his trademark is his anticipation, which makes him a very opportunistic cover guy. He is a very good athlete with ideal quickness, ball skills and natural coverage tools. He has outstanding hip movement to turn and run with receivers and play man-to-man coverage. He has very good change of direction skills and lateral movement and has the ability to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage. He has good leaping ability and outstanding hands. He doesn't have great size, strength or bulk to match-up with bigger physical receivers. He doesn't jam wide-outs that are stronger then him and won't press receivers that are faster then him. He takes chances on underneath routes, and will gambling. He needs more experience-to-man against NFL receivers. He also became a playmaking punt returner.

2nd round - There should be some very good players when the Lions draft # 35 in the second round and are looking at RB or DE. Possible 2nd round picks are:

RB - Clinton Portis, Miami (FL) Junior, 5-11 190 4.52 Portis has good size and speed and has the ability to make people miss. He also has the power to run between the tackles. He is a complete back, that is explosive and versatile. He does lack great size, but is a strong runner. He will lowers his shoulder and delivers a blow. He shows good vision, and hits the hole hard. He has excellent cutback ability, and sets up his blockers well. He is quick to the hole, and shows burst through the hole. He has decent speed and a second gear in the open field, who is shifty and can make defenders miss. He does not have the bulk to run over NFL defenders. He is a patient, explosive, decisive back with breakaway speed, potential receiving skills and toughness. He can catch the ball out of the backfield and do something with it after he catches it. He is a willing blocker who improved with experience picking up the blitz.

RB - DeShaun Foster, UCLA Senior 6-0 215 4.53 Foster has very good potential, he has all the tools to be a good and protective NFL running back. Foster has good size and decent speed he also has good moves in the open field and has the ability to makes big plays. He has a good burst, and is quick to the hole. He is aggressive when he hits the hole, and finishes off runs. He shows good vision and balance, he can bounce runs outside. He shows good acceleration out of his breaks but lacks that breakaway speed. Foster must improve on his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. He doesn't run crisp routes, but he hasn't been asked to catch the ball out of the backfield at UCLA, but he does have decent hands. Fumbling is a concern, and his mental approach to the game must improve. He has decent blocking ability and can pick up the blitz. He has looked quite impressive at times with his gliding style and deceptive strength but he's been too inconsistent throughout his career at UCLA. He has a tendency to fumble at times and has been nicked up a lot in the past. He also has drawn concerns in the past with his attitude. Foster was on a pace to be a top in the Hesiman voting, before he was suspended for the rest of the season because he received extra benefits while at UCLA. Foster is a good running back and could be a featured back in the NFL because he does have the talent. There is a big question mark as to where he will get draft, because of his fumbling, attitude, and him getting suspended, not because he is not talented.

DE - Dennis Johnson, Kentucky, Junior 6-7 265 4.90 Johnson has good upside and explosive playmaking skills as a defensive end. He has great size and good quickness. He is an explosive pass rusher, and shows good double-moves as a pass rusher. He changes directions well and shows the ability to move laterally. He has a very big frame and should be able to add bulk. He is very good against the run and takes up a lot of space, and gets up field and cause problems in the backfield. Something that will help him is if he gets bigger and stronger. He plays too high at times, and at times he can be engulfed and driven out of plays. He doesn't do a great job at the point of attack. Sometimes he will run himself out of plays, and doesn't always show great run/pass recognition. He still needs to become stronger to be an every-down end, but Johnson has rare natural tools and size.

DE - Alex Brown, Florida, Senior 6-4 250 4.70 Brown is a big time pass rusher, that can hit with the best of them. He doesn't have great size and could use some weight to be able to play against the run better. He is a very good edge pass rusher with a good burst to the quarterback. He is an excellent athlete, and has very good one-on-one pass-rush skills. He showed more pass rush moves as a senior, and he has good body control, and will change directions well. But since he is not that great against the run he will likely be a right defense end in the NFL. He does a decent job holding up at the point of attack. He makes a lot of hustle plays, and knows the game and what teams are trying to do. He flashes good up-field quickness and shows potential as a pass rusher, but he has too many stretches where he stays wired to too many blocks and lacks the explosiveness. He doesn't offer good intangibles. He did play harder and more consistent as a senior, but still takes plays off. This year he is a more disciplined, more consistent player.

DE - Ryan Denney, Brigham Young, Senior 6-7 276 4.80 Denney always seems to be around the ball. He has good size and excellent wingspan. He is athletic who moves well, shows good quickness and change of direction skills. He has good strength and is a non-stop worker. He is intelligent and has good instincts. He plays with good explosiveness, and shows good recognition skills, and rarely takes himself out of a play. He will be a 25 so he has great intangibles, and is a team leader. He doesn't always play with good leverage, and lacks a great base. He doesn't always use strength to his advantage. Does not have great speed and shows more quickness than pure speed. Denney is good in all aspects but great at none, he will be able to handle an every-down role but never will be a "sack artist" or "run stuffer." He is relentless, and added to his stock at the combine with showing scouts that he has strength and good speed. He has good instincts and is able to keep blockers off his long legs. He can probably get up to about 290 pounds in the next year.

DE - Bryan Thomas, Ala.-Birmingham, Senior 6-4 255 4.56 Thomas shows very good speed off the perimeter, who is a big-play pass rusher. He is an explosive up field player with great initial burst and an arsenal of pass-rush moves. He won't be stopped by slower offensive tackles, and make use of good technique, and stays low to the ground. He is undersized but he plays with good leverage against the run. He must get stronger, and has trouble against the run, especially when teams run at him. He over runs the plays sometimes and doesn't look comfortable in the open field. Thomas is a one-dimensional pass-rusher who would be considered a tweener if he had better run/pass diagnostic skills. His lack of size could cost him on draft day. He is an athletic speed rusher who can cover ground and chase, who has a lot of potential. He is a little raw, and needs to improve his techniques, but he gives great effort. He has improved each year, and is a fifth-year senior who sat out as a Prop 48 in '97.


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