The Lions beat writer joined the show to tell us if he thinks Matthew Stafford can stay healthy throughout an entire season and lead a young Detroit team to the playoffs. Tune in to hear Birkett talk about Lions Rookie Nick Fairley and what kind of year he could have playing alongside Ndamukong Suh.
In this run-up to the NFL Draft, one of the things we always hear about is a group of coaches from a team either visiting a player or being visited by one for a private workout. As John Congemi explains, the purposes of these workouts are quite varied…
Guest Blog, by John Congemi
Every NFL team is on the clock right now visiting multiple college campuses searching for information that they feel will give them the advantage going into this year’s draft.
So you remember how when you’re a kid and your mom always said things like “just because everyone else is doing it doesn’t mean you have to do it” and “if Johnny jumped off a bridge, would you?” Well, that’s kind of how I feel about mock drafts. Everyone is doing them. So I don’t really have to. But I think I kind of want to.
As dominant as Cam Newton was on the offensive side of the ball for Auburn in 2010, some are projecting that a young man who played on the other side of the ball for the Tigers may be the #1 overall pick in April’s draft. That man is Nick Fairley; an athletic defensive lineman who racked up 24 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks in helping lead Auburn to the National Championship.
The strength of the 2011 draft class is said to be the defensive line by many draft experts. Many of the lineman met with reporters on Saturday including the sons of a pair of former NFL players. One of the defensive lineman still has memories of going against Jake Long while Long was at Michigan 3 years ago.
by Andy Kent
INDIANAPOLIS – In what was a true picture of contrast, some of the top defensive linemen at the Combine put on a show for the media this morning at the same time as the offensive linemen were putting on a show on the field.