Detroit Lions headlines: Built Ford tough, Draft grades

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 02: Kerryon Johnson
NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 02: Kerryon Johnson /

The Detroit Lions went about the business of toughening up their roster through the draft. We’ll cover that topic and more in today’s edition of headlines.

The Detroit Lions play at Ford Field. Via the draft, the Lions’ brass went about the business of making their roster match that name: Built Ford Tough.

Detroit found themselves some hard-nosed players via the 2018 NFL Draft, leading to a change in attitude. Specifically in their running game. Let’s dive into that topic as well as many others in today’s edition of headlines.

Lions sought post-Caldwell toughness infusion with draft class –

Toughness is an attribute the Lions seem to covet in their top two selections of the NFL draft in rounds one and two. Arkansas center Frank Ragnow and Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson should bring a new grittiness to Detroit’s run game that has been desperately missing.

Detroit Lions saying good-bye to being soft, hello to big-boy football – Detroit Free Press

In truth, the culture change in Detroit starts with new head coach Matt Patricia. His presence has brought in players like veteran running back LeGarrette Blount and a new, more aggressive defensive philosophy which should give this Lions’ club a much tougher demeanor than this team had under the more stoic Jim Caldwell.

Lions prioritized Kerryon Johnson, hoping to finally get a 100-yard rusher – Pro Football Talk

Compared to players like Le’Veon Bell, Arian Foster and DeMarco Murray, Johnson is a player that the Lions clearly coveted, as they traded up in the second round and choose him above more touted prospects. The Auburn product brings a dynamic skill-set and tough-nosed running style to the Motor City, and gives Detroit it’s best hope for a 1,000-yard rusher since Reggie Bush.

All 32 NFL team’s 2018 NFL Draft grades – Pro Football Focus

According to the analysts over at Pro Football Focus, the Lions had a below average grade. But that initial low score is understandable as some believe Detroit overreached for many of their selections. But at the end of the day, the Lions could have the last laugh if these rookies ultimately pay off.

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Matt Millen battling amyloidosis, might need heart transplant –

Regardless about how you feel about Millen and his time in Detroit, anytime one of our own is going through medical problems, your heart has to go out to them. We here at SideLion Report wish only the best for the former executive and hope that he is able to recover from his illness soon and without incident.