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A look at the Detroit Lions Day 3 picks

The Detroit Lions spent a fifth-round pick on Appalachian State punter Sam Martin.

The Detroit Lions spent a fifth-round pick on Appalachian State punter Sam Martin.

The Detroit Lions were busy on Day 3 of the 2013 NFL Draft, selecting six players in total. Since we’ve already taken a look at defensive end Devin Taylor out of South Carolina, Detroit’s fourth-round selection, let’s get a feel for what general manager Martin Mayhew accomplished with the remaining five picks.

Day 3 picks

Round 5: Sam Martin, P, Appalachian State

After the Jacksonville Jaguars snatched Mayhew’s target, Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson, off the board in the fifth round, Detroit traded down to the end of Round 5, picking up an extra sixth-round pick.

In drafting a punter, Detroit took care of a significant need. Sam Martin only punted for three years in college but had a great senior season, averaging 45.6 yards per punt and booting 14 punts over 50 yards. He was also a kickoff specialist with a booming leg. Hopefully Martin, whom Mayhew had brought in for a pre-draft visit, becomes that punter Detroit has been searching for as long as Jason Hanson has been alive.

Round 6: Corey Fuller, WR, Virginia Tech

Detroit needed speed and size on the outside, and for the first time years, they didn’t try to fill that need early in the draft. A former track star who stands 6’2” and weighs 204 lbs, Corey Fuller has both size and speed, as he showed by running the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine.

Notre Dame running back Theo Riddick went to the Detroit Lions in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Notre Dame running back Theo Riddick went to the Detroit Lions in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

However, he is very raw, having played just two years at the collegiate level and only extensively his senior year, when he finished with 43 catches, 815 yards, and six touchdowns. He will take time to develop but can be a good deep threat if he gets some more strength and learns how to beat the press.

The good news is he probably won’t have to contend with many deep balls; Titus Young only caught a total of five in his final two seasons. As long as Fuller doesn’t turn out to be a head case or go down with a serious leg injury, he represents an upgrade over what the Lions had.

Round 6: Theo Riddick, RB, Notre Dame

A multidimensional running back, Theo Riddick had success since his freshman year. He can run the ball or play in the slot and has some return experience. With Reggie Bush in the fold, Riddick will have the luxury of sitting and developing. If Bush goes down, it will be nice to have another slashing running back on the roster to complement big backs Mikel Leshoure and Joique Bell. His ability to return kicks is a bonus, since Detroit still needs a returner.

Round 7: Michael Williams, TE, Alabama

Michael Williams, not to be confused with Mike Williams, the former Detroit bust, is a large run-blocking tight end. He will replace Will Heller as the third tight end, helping Detroit get younger at that position. Williams has opened big holes on the edge for Eddie Lacy and Trent Richardson, so he will be invaluable if he can fill that role in Detroit, which has been in need of better run blocking. He is pretty slow, so any passes he catches must be considered a bonus.

Round 7: Jonathan Hepburn, ILB, Florida A&M

A special-teams pickup who will be a longshot to make the final 53-man roster, Jonathan Hepburn is an intelligent player who graduated with a biochemistry degree. Although the backup inside linebacker spot is open, it will most likely be either Travis Lewis or Ashlee Palmer fills that role. If Hepburn can show enough productivity to make the team, he will improve Detroit’s linebacking depth.

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aciddragon
aciddragon moderator

OH JOY History channel running a "Monster Quest" marathon!

Nardo - 8-8 Is Great
Nardo - 8-8 Is Great

I think this Dale Svuem, Flem, Cum, or whatever needs to go.  He's not managing shit.  

Dr. Reginald
Dr. Reginald moderator

Todd McShay is high on the Falcons draft. from the sounds of it, he gave it a solid D+.

JVince 11
JVince 11

Way to go Axford... gave up 4 runs in the 8th with only getting 2 outs... congratufuckinglations you piece of fucking shit

0125
0125 moderator

Feels good to be working without stressing about school! 

Nardo - 8-8 Is Great
Nardo - 8-8 Is Great

Ricketts is funding this 500 million dollar renovation himself - he's not asking for one dime of city money.  And I pray the renovation is denied and he moves the team.  Hey Naperville is really nice!!!

robertj72
robertj72

OK...off to look at naked women so I don't have images of gay dudes in my head next time I go afapping.

JVince 11
JVince 11

Fuck you John Axford you fucking piece of shit mother fucker

TheBaskett
TheBaskett

in the top picture, which one is the lions draft pick?

Nardo - 8-8 Is Great
Nardo - 8-8 Is Great

"The reason the Cubs are such a tourist destination ... is because it's a ballpark in a neighborhood," Murphy said.

"I don't think a new ballpark in a parking lot is interesting and that's why other ballparks don't have the tourism that Wrigley Field does," she said.

robertj72
robertj72

We all seem pretty accepting of gays and their right to live a peaceful life, whether we "get it" or not.....But what happens to this room if a player from one of our teams comes out of the closet. I bet we get far more juvenile. And woe be the fan if it is a Packer, Bear or Buccaneer....those mascots are already begging for a gay lampoon in name alone.

aciddragon
aciddragon moderator

huh, the headshop is Ashland has voluntarily stopped selling synthetic pot

MIB Baby Bird Whisperer
MIB Baby Bird Whisperer

I have a theory that gay people are significantly more responsible for their failure to assimilate into society than straight people are.

Nardo - 8-8 Is Great
Nardo - 8-8 Is Great

A hermaphroditic organism is one that has a complete set of both sex organs. Only animals such as snails and worms can be hermaphrodites. Humans are NOT born with both sets of sex organs, that is a common MYTH. There are people who are born some mixture of male and female tissues though and they are more correctly identified as "Intersex(ed)". There are dozens of intersex conditions. They range from not visible to ambiguous. For example a woman with AIS (androgen insensitivity syndrome) looks completely female. Her AIS may not be discovered until puberty when she fails to menstruate. The reason is she has no female organs (uterus and ovaries) is because she is chromosomally XY. However, her body is insensitive to the effects of testosterone (hence the name AIS) and the estrogen in her body makes her develop that way. It should be noted that everyone has both estrogen and testosterone in their bodies.


Another important thing to keep in mind is although their bodies may be intersexed these people are NOT a third gender. The vast majority, like everyone else, have firm gender identities. Meaning they have a strong sense of themselves as males or females. AIS women for example strongly identify as female.

Approximately 1% of people are born with intersex conditions.

robertj72
robertj72

Here is a question I have always pondered. More than most people know, babies are born with both male and female sex organs. The parents are made to choose in many cases what sex they child should be. theoretically since it is easier to "fix" then and so the child can be well balanced. How often are these same children later ones that grow up to be gay or bi? What are the ramifications? These children born like this, I imagine, are often never told of the nature of their birth and the parents would be adverse to ever acknowledge publicly.

Maized and Confused
Maized and Confused moderator

"Societal statistics are about as accurate as internet quotes."

-Abraham Lincoln

Nardo - 8-8 Is Great
Nardo - 8-8 Is Great

Interesting use of baseball euphemisms:  If I'm gay, I'm a lefty.  If I like girls and guys then I'm a switch-hitter (which already exists), and if I'm straight then I'm a righty.

AKA as righty-tighty, lefty-loosy when talking about screwing. 

Maized and Confused
Maized and Confused moderator

What is the percentage of gay people that are gay?

Gallop Polls indicate it's around 20%

robertj72
robertj72

Had a guy yesterday tell us that 2% of first boy males were gay and it increased 33% for each one after.

He took this to mean 35% of second born males, 68% of 3rd born and 101% of 4th born...he further enlightened us that it starts ver with 5th born child. He was serious and certain. His girlfriend had taken a sociology class in college and this was pat of her higher learning.

Mods Suck
Mods Suck

I always find it amusing that Gallup polls find about 10% of people are gay but more rigorous, peer-reviewed studies usually find it in the area of 2%-3%. I wonder why that is. Do people maybe feel more free to fuck around with telephone pollsters?

robertj72
robertj72

"I feel like we all deserve more details about the owl attack."

Some of the cooment to that bizarre tebow CFL story are pretty good as well.

Nardo - 8-8 Is Great
Nardo - 8-8 Is Great

Well I had to cancel my date this afternoon because of the weather............you fucked me for the last time Minnesota!!!

natesweet
natesweet moderator

Off to the mines. I'll talk to you all later.

robertj72
robertj72

If someone is going to write a fantasy article shouldn't the first one be the Lions attending a Superbowl?

aciddragon
aciddragon moderator

well my interview went well i just gotta pass my CBC and i got it, and i have another one tomorrow, for a silk screening/printing company and they are very interested, 

adambballn
adambballn

Most of my dreams, the ones I remember anyway, feature my old youth group pastor pushing a lawnmower across gym carpet, and yelling over the engine that "prayer is a two-way conversation."

adambballn
adambballn

American football fans think of the CFL as a joke, a necessarily lesser league, a sort of sawdust bin where the has-beens and busts of the NFL end up. It's not lesser. It's just ... a fundamentally different league. (They only have three downs, did you know that?) Getting used to how Canada did things was more of an adjustment for me. They use mammals how we use paper money. A horse is $1000, a donkey $500, a dog $200. Hamsters are 20 bucks, gerbils are 10 bucks. I stared as $40 of June Jones' money scurried and sniffed around the table.

"Aren't they gonna get lost?" I asked.

"Nah. They know to stay put. Now listen, Timmy." Coach June removed his glasses, leaning forward on the table with his forearms, occasionally offering his money a finger to sniff. "We move really fast up here. That's how the CFL works. Straight into the fire. You'll sort of need to learn the system as you go, and this system is nothing like what you're used to. Are you good with that?"

"Yeah."

"Good. The game starts in 45 minutes Celsius. C'mon."

Ok... this is good!

Mods Suck
Mods Suck

Brewers just had two consecutive jacks out of the yard.

robertj72
robertj72

Anyone read the new TMQ...last one for a few months. I think Gregg is my favorite current columnist.