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Theo Riddick's role is expected to take a hit following the selection of second-round RB Ameer Abdullah.

When Reggie Bush was cut, Riddick was penciled into the vital passing back role. But Abdullah at No. 54 is going to throw a wrench into those plans as he is a skilled pass catcher and more dynamic space player than Riddick. When Joique Bell and Bush were healthy last year, Riddick barely sniffed the field.
Source: ESPN.com
May 4 - 10:36 AM

Lions offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn wouldn't commit to Travis Swanson starting at center.

Swanson's path to becoming the starter took a big hit Thursday when the Lions acquired Manny Ramirez in a trade with Denver. Ramirez started at both guard and center last year but prefers playing center. With Dominic Raiola getting most of the work at center, Swanson only played 89 snaps last season.
May 3 - 11:29 AM

Lions signed Alfred State RB Rasheed Williams.

Williams (6'1/215) dominated Division-3 football, setting Alfred State career records in rushing TDs (26), rushing yards (2,693), and all-purpose yards (2,843) despite spending just two years at the school. He reportedly clocked a 4.46 forty during a pre-draft private workout, and offers plus pass-game ability. Williams is a small-school long shot, but boasts a production-size-speed combination that makes him intriguing as a super-deep sleeper.
May 2 - 8:04 PM

Lions signed Duke QB Anthony Boone.

Boone (6'0/231) was a two-year starter for the Blue Devils, completing 58.5 percent of his career throws with a 38:24 TD-to-INT ratio. He added 16 rushing touchdowns, but won't be an NFL scrambling threat with 5.03 speed and an 8-foot-4 broad jump. Boone is short and stocky with a backup-caliber arm and wildly unpredictable ball placement. He would do well to mirror fellow former Duke quarterback Thad Lewis' career.
May 2 - 7:49 PM

Lions signed Texas A&M Commerce WR Vernon Johnson.

Johnson (6'0/196) dominated in two seasons at the D-2 level, converting 147 catches into 2,608 yards (17.7 YPR) with 25 touchdowns. He averaged a whopping 113 receiving yards and 1.1 TDs per game at TAMU-Commerce. Johnson also showed big-league athleticism at his Pro Day, running 4.56 with a 37-inch vertical and 10-foot-7 broad jump. Johnson's initial ticket to a roster spot may come on special teams, where he averaged 27.6 yards as a college kickoff returner.
May 2 - 7:39 PM

Lions signed South Dakota State RB Zach Zenner.

Zenner (6'0/223) was a dominant three-year starter for the Jackrabbits, becoming the first player in FCS history to post three straight 2,000-yard rushing seasons. He averaged 5.99 YPC as a senior and caught 28 passes. Behind only Ameer Abdullah, Zenner posted the second highest SPARQ score in this year's running back class, clocking 4.6-flat in Indy with a 41-inch vertical and 10-foot-1 broad jump. An intelligent (35 Wonderlic) one-cut back with workhorse potential, Zenner was quietly one of the best inside runners we viewed on pre-draft tape, demonstrating impressive balance and powerful tackle-breaking skills. The additions of Ameer Abdullah and Zenner may bode poorly for Joique Bell's future in Detroit.
May 2 - 7:35 PM

Lions selected South Carolina OT Corey Robinson with the No. 240 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Robinson (6'7/324) converted from defensive tackle to left tackle as a sophomore, where he piled up 35 career starts. Robinson showed freak athleticism for his mammoth size at the Gamecocks' Pro Day, running 5.29/5.30 with a 31-inch vertical. A massive human with 35 5/8-inch arms and 10 3/4-inch hands, Robinson also scored a 40 on the Wonderlic test. While Robinson is a project, he has traits that are not coachable. He's drawn some comparisons to Chargers LT King Dunlap.
May 2 - 5:59 PM

Lions selected Texas CB Quandre Diggs with the No. 200 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Diggs (5'9/196) started 49 games for the Longhorns, amassing 11 INTs and earning second-team All-Big 12 from the conference's coaches as a senior. The brother of Quentin Jammer, Diggs played outside corner and the slot at UT. His Combine left something to be desired, measuring in with short arms (29 5/8") and running 4.56 with a 35 1/2-inch vertical and explosion-lacking 9-foot-5 broad jump. Diggs has quick feet and is a feisty tackler, but his lackluster size-speed combo suggests Diggs will have to excel at slot corner to earn snaps.
May 2 - 4:23 PM

Lions OC Joe Lombardi said the plan is for Riley Reiff to stay at left tackle.

There was some talk Reiff could move to the right side or inside, but the Lions failed to find a replacement in free agency or the draft. After moving on from C Dominic Raiola and spending a first-round pick on LG Laken Tomlinson, the Lions project to have an improved offensive line in 2015.
May 2 - 3:34 PM

Lions selected Rutgers FB Mike Burton with the No. 168 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Burton (5'11/242) was a lead blocker and special teamer for the Scarlet Knights, racking up 47 career receptions and averaging 5.3 YPC on 22 carries. Not a candidate to catch more than checkdown passes in the pros, Burton ran 4.74 with a 33-inch vertical at the Combine. Burton projects as more of an H-back than old-fashioned fullback, but could earn a job covering kicks.
May 2 - 3:13 PM

Lions traded up with the Eagles to select Auburn DT Gabe Wright with the No. 113 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

The Lions sent the Eagles their 2016 third-rounder to jump up. Wright (6'3/300) was a two-year starter for the Tigers, posting 4.5 tackles for loss and one sack as a senior. He pumped 34 reps on the bench at the Combine, but managed a 5.07 forty, 26 1/2-inch vertical, and sluggish 8-foot-4 broad jump. Wright's lack of pass-rush production is a concern, and he was not a big-time run defender in college. A tweener interior presence, Wright's NFL ceiling is as a No. 3 or 4 tackle in a rotation.
May 2 - 12:44 PM

Lions GM Martin Mayhew said third-round DB Alex Carter will begin his career at corner.

Carter is a bit tight hipped and may not have the movement skills to play corner, but with Rashean Mathis entering his age-35 season, the Lions are desperate for depth on the outside. It is likely Carter eventually settles in as a safety.
May 2 - 9:09 AM

Lions traded up with the Vikings and selected Stanford CB Alex Carter with the No. 80 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Detroit surrendered picks No. 88 and 143 to move up five spots. Carter (6'0/196) made 33 starts in three seasons with the Cardinal, amassing five tackles for loss, five forced fumbles, and two INTs. Carter ran a passable 4.51 forty at the Combine, posted a 30 Wonderlic score, and showed leaping ability with a 40-inch vertical. The son of ex-Redskins CB Tom Carter, Alex has experience in press coverage and is willing to get physical. As Carter is a bit tight hipped and lacks ideal foot quickness, his best NFL fit may be at safety. While short on ball skills, Carter is a good enough tackler to make the transition.
May 1 - 10:33 PM

Lions selected Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah with the No. 54 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Abdullah (5'9/205) parlayed 813 career carries into 4,588 yards (5.64 YPC) and 39 touchdowns for the Cornhuskers, adding 73 receptions. Although Abdullah is long-speed deficient (4.60), he registered the highest SPARQ score among running backs at the Combine, and offers an elite combination of lateral agility and lower-body explosion. He was one of the best all-around football players we viewed on tape, running inside with determined decisiveness. He has future feature back potential if he cleans up his pass pro and ball security after fumbling 24 times in college. If it comes together, Abdullah can be a more elusive version of Ray Rice. We fully expect Abdullah to run circles around plodding Joique Bell in Lions camp and emerge as Detroit's lead runner as a rookie.
May 1 - 8:53 PM

The Lions did not acquire G/C Manuel Ramirez to be a starter.

After a dismal season in Denver, Ramirez was just a throw-in as part of Thursday's trade down, from which the Broncos emerged with Shane Ray, and the Lions emerged with Ramirez, Laken Tomlinson, the 143rd pick, and a 2016 fifth-rounder. Ramirez is a "swing" interior reserve, able to play both guard and center. The Lions want Travis Swanson to be their starting center.
May 1 - 12:50 PM


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