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  Lions | Matthew Stafford played with serious injury    Tue Jun 18, 03:57 PM

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (back) played all 16 games in 2018 to run his consecutive-starts streak to 128 despite reportedly finishing the season with broken bones in his back, according to Mike O'Hara of the team's website.'He had a broken back last year. Broken bones in his back. ... It's been reported. I read that. Word gets out in the NFL,' O'Hara said during a recent episode of his weekly podcast with WJR's Ken Brown.

Footballguys view: There is no denying the numbers went down for Stafford in 2018. Some of this has to do with that injury, and some of this was a lack of weapons in the passing game. They addressed that in the 2019 NFL draft by adding T.J. Hockenson in the first round. We'll see if that helps Stafford have a little bounce back in 2019. The Lions are a run-heavy offense, so don't expect Stafford to put up huge numbers this season.

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  Lions | Chris Lacy pushing for a spot    Sun Jun 16, 11:55 PM

Detroit Lions WR Chris Lacy brings a combination of size and speed to the Detroit receiving corps and could make the 53-man roster as a 'depth receiver,' according to Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com.

Footballguys view: Lacy came into the league as an undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma State and originally signed with the Patriots. He was sparingly used in college and has to refine his pass-catching skills, but Lacy does have a nice size/speed combination. We'll monitor his progress in super deep dynasty formats.

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  Lions | Christian Jones nursing injury    Fri Jun 14, 11:13 PM

Detroit Lions LB Christian Jones (undisclosed) did not practice Thursday, June 14.

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  Lions | Isaac Nauta misses practices    Fri Jun 14, 08:23 PM

Detroit Lions TE Isaac Nauta (undisclosed) did not participate in offseason workouts because of an undisclosed injury.

Footballguys view: Nauta was a seventh-round pick of the Lions in the 2019 NFL draft. During his college career at Georgia, Nauta showed soft hands the ability to use his frame to shield smaller defenders away from the ball. He's not much after the catch, but he can be solid yet unspectacular as a receiver or blocker. Nauta is going to compete for the fourth tight end spot on the roster...if the team decides to keep that many at the position.

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  Lions | Michael Roberts waived after rescinded trade    Fri Jun 14, 04:10 PM

Detroit Lions TE Michael Roberts was returned to the team after the Lions' reported trade with the New England Patriots fell through Friday, June 14. Roberts was subsequently waived.

Footballguys view: His tenure was even shorter than Austin Seferian-Jenkins stint with the Patriots this offseason. He'll still probably catch on a 90-man roster somewhere with the league's desire to use more two tight end sets on offense.

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  Lions | Michael Roberts nets 2020 pick    Fri Jun 14, 02:49 AM

Updating a previous report, the Detroit Lions traded TE Michael Roberts to the New England Patriots in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2020.

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  Lions | Darius Slay not committing to training camp    Thu Jun 13, 06:35 PM

Detroit Lions CB Darius Slay hasn't committed to reporting to next month's training camp without a new contract. 'Will I be there?' Slay said in an episode of The Pride Podcast released Thursday, June 13. 'We'll see. Time will tell.' Slay is set to carry a cap hit of $12.55 million in 2019 on the second-to-last year of a four-year, $48-million deal signed in 2016.

Footballguys view: There's no reason for the Lions to delay an extension for Slay if they plan on keeping him for the long haul. The market price will just go up in 2020 and the team has already banked many years of Slay's production at below market value. After the Le'Veon Bell debacle last year, we can't rule out a prolonged holdout, but chances are he'll show up for camp or early in camp.

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  Lions | Kerryon Johnson a threat for 60 catches?    Thu Jun 13, 05:47 PM

Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson finished with 32 catches in 10 games as a rookie in 2018, and the Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett could see him doubling that production in 2019 if the team decides they don't need to take Johnson off the field on third down.

Footballguys view: Johnson caught 32 passes as a rookie in 2018...in just 10 games. Catching 45 or more passes this season is not an outlandish projection for the second-year back. Johnson has a current ADP of RB19 (3.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Lions | Theo Riddick not a lock to stick?    Thu Jun 13, 05:41 PM

Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick is not guaranteed to make the team out of training camp, in the opinion of the Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett.

Footballguys view: The Lions have always used Riddick as their pass-catching back. That could change if starter Kerryon Johnson is utilized more in the passing game. With C.J. Anderson to back up Johnson, the team may decide to move on from Riddick. The Lions would save $3.6 million on the cap if they let Riddick go. Riddick is in the final year of his contract and he's on the books for $4.6 million.

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  Lions | DET lands a seventh rounder    Thu Jun 13, 10:22 AM

Updating an earlier report, Detroit Lions TE Michael Roberts was traded to the New England Patriots for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2020.

Footballguys view: Roberts is going to be in line to compete for the starting job in New England. If he stays healthy and finally plays up to his potential, the Patriots could have stolen Roberts here. If he continues to get banged up and disappoint, then New England didn't give up much of anything for him. It's a win-win for the Pats.

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  Lions | Michael Roberts sent to Pats    Thu Jun 13, 08:58 AM

Detroit Lions TE Michael Roberts was traded to the New England Patriots Thursday, June 13, for a future late-round draft pick.

Footballguys view: It's a good move for both sides here. The Patriots were desperate at tight end, with Matt LaCosse as the top man on the depth chart (Ben Watson is suspended the first four games of 2019). The Lions were jam-packed at the position after adding Jesse James in free agency and T.J. Hockenson in the first round of the 2019 NFL draft. Roberts has struggled to stay healthy and impress as a pro. However, he was a touchdown hog in college at Toledo and could be re-energized by joining a winning culture like the Patriots have. We'll see how this shakes out in training camp, but Roberts could push for the No. 1 tight end job in New England.

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  Lions | Detroit makes four moves    Mon Jun 10, 02:17 PM

Free-agent OL Luke Bowanko (Redskins) and QB David Fales (Dolphins) signed undisclosed contracts with the Detroit Lions on Monday, June 10. The Lions also waived QB Connor Cook and S David X. Jones to make room for them on the roster.

Footballguys view: Fales gives the team a camp arm...and apparently a better one than Cook. Tom Savage and Fales will compete in camp to win the backup job to Matthew Stafford in 2019.

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  Lions | Trey Flowers still on the mend    Fri Jun 7, 10:36 PM

Detroit Lions DE Trey Flowers (shoulder) has been working with the rehab group during mandatory minicamp.

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  Lions | Jordan Smallwood handed pink slip    Thu Jun 6, 05:15 PM

Detroit Lions WR Jordan Smallwood was waived Thursday, June 6.

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  Lions | Jermaine Kearse headed to Lions    Thu Jun 6, 09:50 AM

Free-agent WR Jermaine Kearse (Jets) agreed to a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions Thursday, June 6, according to a source. Kearse received a one-year, $1.35 million deal with $350,000 guaranteed. The deal has a maximum value of $2.3 million.

Footballguys view: The Lions get a solid veteran who part of their new staff knows well. Kearse spent five seasons with new Lions OC Darrell Bevell during their time in Seattle. He gives the team better depth behind Marvin Jones, Kenny Golladay and Danny Amendola.

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  Lions | Detroit could make use of three tight ends    Tue Jun 4, 05:37 PM

Detroit Lions TEs Jesse James (6-foot-7, 261 pounds), T.J. Hockenson (6-foot-5, 251), Michael Roberts (6-foot-5, 265) and Logan Thomas (6-foot-6, 250) all possess the ability to detach from the line of scrimmage and create mismatches, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. Birkett also notes he wouldn't be surprised if the Lions play with three tight ends on the field at times - even outside goal-line or short-yardage situations.

Footballguys view: Good news for all these tight ends but bad news for Fantasy GMs. It's a bit of a cluster at the position. We love Hockenson's upside and potential but he's going to have to work in and try to emerge from a TEBC as a rookie.

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  Lions | Two Lions want new deals    Tue Jun 4, 09:22 AM

Detroit Lions DT Damon Harrison and CB Darius Slay will skip the mandatory minicamp as both players are wanting new contracts. Harrison lost a $250,000 workout bonus for skipping voluntary workouts and could be fined up to $88,650 for missing the minicamp.

Footballguys view: Harrison has been staying away this offseason. He's owed around $16 million with two years left on his current contract. Something should be worked out between the two sides but perhaps Harrison is in line for only a small pay bump. We'll see if the Lions want to play hardball with the veteran run-stuffer.

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  Lions | Will Harris signs contract    Mon Jun 3, 09:39 PM

Detroit Lions third-round draft choice S Will Harris signed a four-year contract with the Lions Monday, June 3. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Lions | Brandon Reilly back with Detroit    Mon Jun 3, 03:12 PM

Free-agent WR Brandon Reilly (Lions) signed an undisclosed contract to return to the Detroit Lions on Monday, June 3, after the team waived him nearly a month ago. LB Juwon Young was waived to make room for him on the roster.

Footballguys view: Undrafted out of Nebraska in 2017, Reilly has bounced around to a few different rosters since then. The Lions signed him to a reserve/futures deal back in late January. We'll monitor the 6'2" 200 pound wide receiver in super deep dynasty formats.

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  Lions | C.J. Anderson sees Detroit as perfect fit    Sun Jun 2, 06:54 PM

Detroit Lions RB C.J. Anderson said he believes Detroit is a perfect fit for him because of the success offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell has had with running backs in the past.

Footballguys view: The Lions will want to run the ball as much as any team in the league. Anderson showed last year that he can still get it done, and if the Lions line gels, there will be some redraft value for Anderson, and of course Kerryon Johnson injury upside. Anderson's presence in Detroit will likely lower Johnson's season-long and weekly ceiling, although he had no effect on Christian McCaffrey's value in Carolina.

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  Lions | Marvin Jones on the sidelines    Sun May 26, 09:12 PM

Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones (knee) has been sitting out individual and team drills during OTAs.

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  Lions | Kenny Golladay not practicing    Sun May 26, 09:07 PM

Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay (chest) isn't participating in team drills or individual work during OTAs.

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  Lions | Austin Bryant still sidelined    Sat May 25, 07:53 PM

Detroit Lions DE Austin Bryant (pectoral) is still recovering from a torn pectoral muscle he suffered this past season.

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  Lions | T. J. Hockenson may start as rookie    Sat May 25, 06:43 PM

Detroit Lions TE T.J. Hockenson is considered the leading candidate to start at tight end this upcoming season, but he likely will be sharing playing time with TE Jesse James.

Footballguys view: James is a good all-purpose tight end and can contribute as a blocker or receiver. That's Hockenson's game too as a traditional 'Y' tight end, but the rookie from Iowa can be a dangerous receiving weapon for the Lions. We'll see if they use him properly in 2019.

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  Lions | Detroit works out Luis Perez    Fri May 24, 05:12 PM

Free-agent QB Luis Perez (Eagles) recently worked out for the Detroit Lions.

Footballguys view: Perez was one of the players that got signed after the AAF folded, but the Eagles moved on from him when they signed Cody Kessler. He'll try to push Connor Cook to earn a spot as the third quarterback, with Tom Savage the likely backup.

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  Lions | Teez Tabor on the bubble    Thu May 23, 02:47 AM

Detroit Lions CB Teez Tabor is likely competing against CBs Mike Ford and Jamal Agnew for the fifth cornerback spot on the roster, according to the Detroit Free-Press' Dave Birkett, who identifies CBs Darius Slay, Justin Coleman and Rashaan Melvin as the top three cornerbacks. Rookie CB Amani Oruwariye is also expected to make the club.

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  Lions | Jermaine Kearse worked out for Lions    Wed May 22, 10:45 AM

Free-agent WR Jermaine Kearse (Jets) worked out for the Detroit Lions this week, but the two sides were unable to reach an agreement.

Footballguys view: The Lions could be updating their emergency list here. Kearse had a down 2018 season with the Jets and has not had that much interest on the open market. He does have previous experience playing under Lions OC Darrell Bevell from their days working together in Seattle.

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  Lions | Travis Fulgham agrees to rookie deal    Tue May 14, 05:42 PM

Detroit Lions sixth-round WR Travis Fulgham (Old Dominion) signed a four-year contract Tuesday, May 14. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.

Footballguys view: Fulgham is a big target who does a good job of tracking passes as they come in. He gets to snare the ball quickly and has 'late hands' meaning he doesn't give away that a pass is coming in to a trailing defender. We'll watch him in deep dynasty formats.

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  Lions | Four Detroit draft picks ink rookie deals    Mon May 13, 02:05 PM

Detroit Lions fourth-round DE Austin Bryant (Clemson), sixth-round RB Ty Johnson (Maryland), seventh-round TE Isaac Nauta (Georgia) and seventh-round DT PJ Johnson (Arizona) signed undisclosed four-year contracts Monday, May 13.

Footballguys view: Johnson is 5'10" 208 pounds and can make big plays happen with space. He's not a power runner and won't win many collisions, but Johnson does have big-play ability as a runner. His game as a receiver needs to be enhanced as Johnson only had 11 catches for the Terrapins over the last two seasons.

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  Lions | Detroit adds Juwon Young    Mon May 13, 02:01 PM

Undrafted rookie free-agent LB Juwon Young signed an undisclosed contract with the Detroit Lions on Monday, May 13. LB Tre' Williams was released to make room for him on the roster.

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  Lions | Nate Becker, Donald Parham released    Sun May 12, 12:44 PM

Detroit Lions TEs Nate Becker and Donald Parham were released Sunday, May 12.

Footballguys view: Parham has great height and speed and could be a mismatch giant slot receiver at 6'8", but the Lions had seen enough to decide that he didn't have a place in their future. We'll see if another team gives him a shot.

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  Lions | Detroit adds pair of wideouts    Sun May 12, 12:37 PM

Free-agent WRs Tom Kennedy and Jordan Smallwood signed with the Detroit Lions on Sunday, May 12.

Footballguys view: Kennedy was a pro lacrosse player and joins Chris Hogan as NFL players who have strong lacrosse backgrounds. Smallwood spent time with Kansas City and San Francisco last year.

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  Lions | Brandon Reilly waived    Sat May 11, 02:55 AM

Detroit Lions WR Brandon Reilly was released Friday, May 10.

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  Lions | Detroit locks in three from draft class    Thu May 9, 03:29 PM

Detroit Lions first-round TE T.J. Hockenson (Iowa), second-round LB Jahlani Tavai (Hawaii) and fifth-round CB Amani Oruwariye (Penn State) signed four-year contracts Thursday, May 9. Hockenson's deal includes a team option for a fifth season. Financial terms of the deals were not immediately disclosed.

Footballguys view: Hockenson is the player to watch here. The top-10 pick drew plenty of Rob Gronkowski or Travis Kelce comparisons in the pre-draft process. Those are lofty comparisons but they might not be too far off. We'll see if the Lions can use Hockenson the right way...which is early and often. He's a devastating blocker and a nuanced receiver. His current ADP is TE14 (13.05) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Lions | Kerryon Johnson fully healthy    Fri May 3, 09:12 PM

Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) said he is fully recovered from last year's knee and injury and back to his old self, and his goal in 2019 is to play in every game.

Footballguys view: Good news for the second-year pro here. Johnson is the top back for the Lions, but he could be pushed for playing time by veteran C.J. Anderson. As a rookie in 2018, Johnson played in 10 games averaging a healthy 5.4 yards per carry. Fantasy GMs should look at him as a potential RB2 if he is the bellcow the Lions hope he could be. Johnson has a current ADP of RB28 (6.02) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Lions | Kerryon Johnson ran into rookie wall    Thu May 2, 12:34 PM

Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson said he hit the proverbial rookie wall early in the 2018 season. 'Rookie wall hit me in like, fall, bro,' Johnson said Thursday, May 2.

Footballguys view: The Lions are hoping to get a full season out of Johnson this year. He's talented and doesn't need to come off the field on third downs. The Lions do have quality veteran depth behind him as they added C.J. Anderson this offseason. If Johnson gets banged up or fails to impress, Anderson is proven and can take over in that backfield.

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  Lions | Darius Kilgo signs with Lions    Thu May 2, 11:17 AM

Free-agent DT Darius Kilgo (Titans) signed an undisclosed deal with the Detroit Lions Thursday, May 2. RB Kerwynn Williams was released, and OT Jarron Jones was waived.

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  Lions | Taylor Decker's option exercised    Mon Apr 29, 01:03 PM

Detroit Lions OT Taylor Decker's fifth-year option was exercised Monday, April 29. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

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  Lions | T.J. Hockenson likely a co-starter    Mon Apr 29, 12:04 PM

Detroit Lions TE T.J. Hockenson is likely to be a co-starter in Week 1 with TE Jesse James, in the opinion of beat writer Kyle Meinke

Footballguys view: You don't spend a top-10 pick on a player to have him co-starting but that might be the case with Hockenson. James might be the team's blocking tight end with Hockenson working as the receiving threat (even though he's a devastating blocker). We're excited to see Hockenson play in the pros, especially if he can play up to the comparisons (Travis Kelce, Rob Gronkowski) that were thrown around about him before the 2019 NFL draft.

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  Lions | Beau Benzschawel signs with Lions    Sun Apr 28, 03:37 PM

Undrafted free-agent OG Beau Benzschawel (Wisconsin) signed an undisclosed contract with the Detroit Lions Sunday, April 28, according to a source.

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  Lions | Donald Parham to the Motor City    Sun Apr 28, 12:30 AM

Undrafted free agent TE Donald Parham (Stetson) signed with the Detroit Lions on Saturday, April 27.

Footballguys view: Parham is 6'8" and he moves well. He can play the Noah Fant to first-round pick TJ Hockenson if he develops in time.

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  Lions | Malik Carney headed to Motown    Sun Apr 28, 12:26 AM

Undrafted free agent DE Malik Carney (North Carolina) is signing with the Detroit Lions, a source said Saturday, April 27.

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  Lions | Detroit drafts Jahlani Tavai    Fri Apr 26, 08:01 PM

Hawaii LB Jahlani Tavai was selected by the Detroit Lions with the 43rd overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

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  Lions | T.J. Hockenson in rare company    Fri Apr 26, 12:33 PM

Detroit Lions TE T.J. Hockenson is only the sixth tight end drafted in the top 10 since 1990, joining Eric Ebron (2014), Vernon Davis (2006), Kellen Winslow (2004), Rickey Dudley (1996) and Kyle Brady (1995).

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  Lions | T.J. Hockenson headed to Detroit    Thu Apr 25, 09:13 PM

Iowa TE T.J. Hockenson was selected by the Detroit Lions with the eighth pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

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  Lions | Drew Lock met with Detroit    Wed Apr 24, 07:22 PM

Missouri QB Drew Lock said he met with the Detroit Lions on the Missouri campus leading up to the 2019 Draft but did not work out for the team.

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  Lions | Detroit talked with Greedy Williams at combine    Wed Apr 24, 07:14 PM

Louisiana State CB Greedy Williams said he met with the Detroit Lions at the NFL Scouting Combine.

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  Lions | Detroit met with two DB prospects    Mon Apr 22, 10:15 PM

Mississippi State S Johnathan Abram and Kentucky CB Lonnie Johnson met with the Detroit Lions leading up to the 2019 NFL Draft.

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  Lions | Detroit meets with Devin Singletary    Fri Apr 19, 11:21 PM

Florida Atlantic RB Devin Singletary met with the Detroit Lions ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Footballguys view: Singletary's game is all about after contract. Last year for FAU, Singletary had over 1,000 rush yards after contact and he knows how to get the most out of every carry. We should see Singletary go off the board in the fourth or fifth round of the 2019 NFL draft.

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  Lions | T.J. Hockenson may be first-round option    Fri Apr 19, 06:04 PM

Iowa TE T.J. Hockenson likely will be an option for the Detroit Lions in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, in the opinion of the Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett.

Footballguys view: Hockenson has drawn comparisons to Rob Gronkowski in the pre-draft process. He may not be Gronk (who is?) but Hockenson can play at a high level. Hockenson is aggressive as a blocker, nuanced as a route runner and has strong hands. We should be talking about him plenty on Sundays.

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