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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.

533 comments
aciddragon
aciddragon moderator

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

Reggie/Agnew 2016
Reggie/Agnew 2016 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

FalconsFan0125
FalconsFan0125 moderator

Feels good to be working without stressing about school! 

Nardo - One Week Seahawks Fan
Nardo - One Week Seahawks Fan

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!!!

aciddragon
aciddragon moderator

@reggiesnodeuce never heard of them  are they the new soccer team in Columbus Ohio?  hey maybe you should tryout!

aciddragon
aciddragon moderator

@Nard-Dog he has no talent! he litterally has maybe 4 guys on the roster that belong in the big leagues, give him some time 

aciddragon
aciddragon moderator

@Nard-Dog i'd die laughing if he moved the team out of that dump, with the fucking freeloaders on the rooftops 

adambballn
adambballn

@Nard-Dog 

Yep... that would be bad news for the bar district there... the same ones that are refusing his proposal.  

tmonson78
tmonson78 moderator

@Nard-Dog 

Naperville is great!  (go hometown!)

But it in no way could support a pro team.


JVince 11
JVince 11

@Preparation_A he is pitching the 8th for hte past few games as the setup man to Henderson.. he had been pretty solid.. before that he was pitching in the 7th inning and had been solid... He lowered his ERA form 20 to about 7 before today's game.

JVince 11
JVince 11

@Preparation_A @Search and Slice He is working in AAA right now... they signed him to some deal where if he doesn't get called up within 45 days he is granted his release I think... 

tmonson78
tmonson78 moderator

@Aciddragon That was honestly one of the coolest ways I've ever experienced a ball game.  

aciddragon
aciddragon moderator

@Nard-Dog so why dump a coach when you have shitty talent? give him and Theo some time to develop and acquire some talent, then see where he is at, rather than fire him get another guy wit another plan, then after 2 years have the fans even more pissed off and now calling for both the new manager's and Theo's head. they have sucked for a century whats 2-3 more years?

aciddragon
aciddragon moderator

@Nard-Dog or it's lack of talent, they have a broken down Soriano in LF who was a defensive liability in his best days, and Castro is the most overrated player in Baseball and should be a 2nd baseman not a SS, then the rest of the guys are rookies or second year guys. then you look at their pitching which is nothing but Samardja (sp?)and 4 guys name Joe.

tmonson78
tmonson78 moderator

@Aciddragon  When I went, the rooftop was actually tied in to the closed loop tvs from Wrigley.  There's no way they would have that on the rooftop, and not have a deal with the Cubs.

aciddragon
aciddragon moderator

@jwoude23 Bear Down i though the city won't let them obstruct there view? i thought that was a big part of the reno, but the building owners have threatened to sue them

adambballn
adambballn

@Aciddragon  @tmonson78 

I believe they do benefit in some way... not as much as they would with a billboard but the Cubs benefit.  But there is something to be said of creating an ambiance in the neighborhood, it's what makes the Cubs unique.  Move them to Rosemont and how are they any different from the White Sox... other than the fact that they haven't won a championship in nearly 100 years.

aciddragon
aciddragon moderator

@tmonson78 of course it was cause it was cheap, i'm sorry but if i owned the Cubs i'ds put a huge billboard right there so they can't see shit. it nothing short of theft in my eyes, why should a bar or any other business be able to directly profit off of my product, without me benefiting