Morning Lions Links for Monday 5-4-15

Source:  Morning Lions Links for Monday 5-4-15    Tag:  physical characteristics of lions
Lions Articles:

National Media:

Time is now for Lions to run with it:

Local Media:

Five facts: Day Three picks:

Social rewind: Lions react to 2015 draft:

Lions' GM Mayhew alters draft strategy to fill needs:

Lions won't commit to Travis Swanson as starting center:

Birkett: Lions focus on high-character players in draft:

Seidel: Draft shows Lions are serious about run game:

Lions staff plays key role in identifying picks:

Mayhew says Lions not done trying to upgrade team:  & nbsp;

Lions' new additions could push Travis Swanson:

What experts are saying about the Lions' draft:

Vikings, Lions get thumbs-up for their draft picks:

A look back at the draft for NFC North teams:

Projecting the Detroit Lions' new depth chart, with 2 rookies in starting lineup:

Detroit Lions bringing in former Michigan DB Delonte Hollowell for rookie minicamp:

Column: Detroit Lions' draft indicates shift in offensive philosophy:

Detroit Lions: Solid draft that filled needs, added character guys:

Mayhew On Lions' 2015 Draft: 'The Need Frequently Matched Up With The Grades':

Auburn DT Gabe Wright headlines Lions' Day:

Lions' Day 3 picks talk about being drafted:

Lions Draft Pick Articles:

FB Michael Burton:

Lions wantred fullback Burton to help running game:&nbsp:

Burton Put On 20 Pounds In Preparation For Draft, Had Interest From Several Teams:

Alex Carter:

Alex Carter talks about being picked by Lions:

SI Draft Tracker (Alex Carter: Has the ideal size desired at the position in today's NFL. Willing tackler who forced five fumbles in his career. Doesn't have the top gear to deal with speed receivers on deep vertical routes.):

SI Draft Analysis (Alex Carter: Strengths - Has the ideal size desired at the position in today's NFL. Knows how to get sticky in off-coverage and transition between assignments. Keeps his body low in press coverage and has a nice combination of patient feet and a quick hip turn. Can stick with receivers and read the quarterback in press-bail coverage. Has the traits and fundamentals to switch between man and zone coverage. Trails well to the boundary once he's in a receiver's hip pocket. Strikes a good balance between aggressiveness and coverage; will avoid heavy flags with current technique. Willing tackler who forced five fumbles in his career. Weaknesses - A bit hesitant in his breaks when dealing with quick angle routes. Will mince at times with his backpedal footwork and may be fooled by stutter-go moves at the next level. A bit mechanical at times in his transitions and hip-flips to cover. Doesn't have the top gear to deal with speed receivers on deep vertical routes.):

RB Ameer Abdullah:

SI Draft Tracker (Ameer Abdullah: Reggie Bush will be working out of San Francisco's backfield this season. To replace him as a home-run hitting Joique Bell complement, the Lions selected Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah at No. 54. Abdullah is a shifty, dangerous threat in the open field—he can find a hole and get to the second or third level as if he's shot out of a cannon. Abdullah actually should take on more responsibilities than a banged-up Bush was able to last season. Even though Abdullah may be pegged as a passing-down threat initially, he has the skill to be trusted with a steady workload on the ground.):

SI Draft Analysis (Ameer Abdullah: Strengths - Outstanding speed, acceleration and body lean--transitions smoothly to the second and third levels. Runs low and forward to pick up extra yards between the tackles. Patient when waiting for blocks to open gaps, and moves to the edge quickly and efficiently. Team leader who works very hard and has an obvious desire to improve. Runs very decisively to and through the gap, and has the vision to take advantage of quick-opening opportunities. Not blessed with great escapability, but has good lateral agility and fights to create openings as he runs downfield. Weaknesses - As expected from a player his size, Abdullah struggles in power situations. Not a sustaining back when dealing with bigger defenders, and has issues keeping his body straight when blocking. Won't be able to put on much more weight. Needs to develop a wider array of routes, and more accuracy when running them. Fumbled 13 times at Nebraska. Best suited to a zone scheme at the next level--could struggle with power/counter/trap schemes that require more power and patience.):

G Laken Tomlinson:

SI Draft Tracker (Tomlinson is an intelligent player (as his Duke education might indicate) and can dominate defenders at the line. He is not all that agile, but the Lions' system may not ask him to be. QB Matthew Stafford and Detroit's running backs should love this choice.):

SI Draft Analysis (Laken Tomlinson: Strengths - Dominant at times as a run-blocker in a phone booth—when he's in his gap and moving forward, Tomlinson is tough to deal with. Shows the potential for good form in pass-blocking and is very effective in zone-blocking when he keeps everything in front of him. Effective ability to move his man aside when he gets his arms locked in. Tremendous raw strength. Intelligent individual who wants to be a doctor with he's done with football. Looked good at the Senior Bowl against bigger players. Many of his technique flaws seem coachable. Weaknesses - Has the position's physical characteristics and plays with a wide base, but doesn't take advantage nearly enough. Very inconsistent with his hands and placement—tends to stab instead of locking on, and will lose defenders to either side. Athletic enough to pull effectively, but needs to hit targets across the field and at the second level more often. Not a multi-read blocker at this point—needs to learn to keep his head on a swivel and re-direct with authority. Will occasionally lose power battles even when he's the low man, which is more about technique than strength. Not as much of a finisher as you'd like—once in a while, you want to see a guy this big just destroy inferior competition.):

2015 NFL Draft: First Round (28. Lions (via Broncos) - G Laken Tomlinson (Duke) Tomlinson (6'3/323) made 52 starts for the Blue Devils -- all at right guard -- and earned first-team All-American accolades as a senior. He didn't allow a sack in 2013 or 2014. Tomlinson ran 5.33 with a 31 1/2-inch vertical at the Combine, pumping 25 reps on the bench. A heavy-handed power blocker with plus arm length (33 5/8") for a guard, Tomlinson is a phone-booth lineman and tempo setter in the trenches. Likened to new teammate RG Larry Warford by Mike Mayock, Tomlinson should make an instant impact in the run game at left guard. The Lions also acquired C Manny Ramirez from the Broncos by trading down to 28.):


2015 NFL Draft Grades:


Local Media:

The News' Josh Katzenstein and Rod Beard assess the Lions' draft:

Detroit Lions reporters wrap up the draft, give thoughts on team's third-day moves:

Web Extra: Breaking down Lions' 2015 draft picks: