Lions Trade For Haloti Ngata To Replace Ndamukong Suh

Haloti Ngata

Okay, so forget about what I said about the Lions not having a backup plan/not having a good one. Martin Mayhew sure gave me the finger on this one and clearly knows what he is doing. In case you didn’t know the details, the Lions traded a 2015 4th round pick and a 2015 5th round pick to the Baltimore Ravens for Haloti Ngata and a 7th round pick.

I thought that if the Ravens cut Ngata that the Lions could target him, but I never imagined they would go out and trade for him. This was one helluva power move by Mayhew and the Lions. They still have $8.5 million in cap space, so they can still address other positions of need, with defensive tackle still being one of them. And Ngata, while older than Ndamukong Suh, is still more productive than anything you would have gotten in the 4th or 5th round. Ngata is currently 31 years old and is in the last year of his current deal, so I would expect the Lions would look to sign him to a 3-4 year extension; with most of that money coming in the first two years. Hats off to Martin Mayhew here, honestly. I was totally wrong about him.

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Detroit Lions Offseason Plan: Positions Of Need

First, let me start this off by discussing Ndamukong Suh. He’s agreed to a 6-year deal worth up to $114 million and $60 million guaranteed with the Miami Dolphins. The worst of all of this is that the Lions were very close in their offer. They gave him 6 years for $17 million per year and $58 million guaranteed. Now obviously the lack of a state income tax in Florida is huge, but the bottom line is,┬áSuh is a mercenary. I’ve always felt that he will show up and work his heart out and always wants to win, but at the end of the day he will follow the money. No matter what.

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2015 NFL Scouting Combine Winners And Losers

Ali Marpet

Since I flooded everyone with Combine recaps for almost a full week, I decide to take a bit of a break before posting the “winners” and “losers.” Now we all know that no one can inherently lose the Combine, but they can hurt their stock with bad performances that don’t match what they did on tape. Working out poorly and causing yourself to fall in the draft is a loss to me.

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2015 NFL Scouting Combine Recap Day 4: Defensive Backs

Senquez Golson

This was probably the most disappointing day in terms of coverage from NFL Network. They spent a lot of time talking about anything but the guys on the field and showing commercials instead of actual drills on the field. There was almost no video of the second group of DBs outside of the 40-yard-dash times.

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2015 NFL Scouting Combine Recap Day 3: Defensive Linemen and Linebackers" alt=

The last two recap posts are a bit delayed because of my schedule, but hopefully I’ll have day 4 done sooner rather than later.

The linebackers turned out to be an extremely disappointing group when it comes to the drills, while the edge rushers showed just how strong of a class it is going to be. For those that don’t know, an edge rusher is a pass rusher. Usually a lighter defensive end that either plays DE in a 4-3 or stands up in a 3-4 as an OLB, either way, they’re getting after the quarterback.

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2015 NFL Scouting Combine Recap Day 2: Quarterbacks, Runningbacks, Wide Receivers

Kevin White

The second day of the NFL Scouting Combine featured a lot of big names, and quite a few guys that made a big impact. Quarterback-wise, it’s still clearly a two-horse race between Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. Brett Hundley and Bryce Petty each had solid days, and which quarterback goes #3 is going to come down to personal preference. Both of them are going to need work before they can start in the NFL. Overall, it’s a weak quarterback class.

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2015 NFL Scouting Combine Recap Day 1: Offensive Linemen, Tight Ends, Special Teamers

TJ Clemmings

As I say every year, I enjoy watching the NFL Scouting Combine, but it is a very small piece of the evaluation process. Smart analysts use the Combine to see if players’ measurables and performances in drills match what they saw on tape. If it doesn’t, then that’s a red flag and they have to go back and check what exactly they missed. Or to just see if the kid had a bad day. When I say that a player has “won” or “lost” at the NFL Combine, I’m referring solely to the fact that their good or bad performance could have made them some money or lost them some money with their performance. By and large though, there are more winners than losers. Guys who jump up on evaluator’s┬áradars with great measurables and then it forces teams to go back and watch their tape more closely happens every year.

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