The fight to start as a Detroit Lion, a rookie’s story.
As the rookies headed into training camp in Allen Park on Monday morning, the lingering question that always fills the air around this time of year remains: What will The Detroit Lions do this season? This is both a very valid yet sensitive subject that will begin to be addressed in the rookie training camp.
First, all eyes were on first round pick Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah, the Defensive End from Brigham Young University. He has to prove that Cliff Avril, who went to the Seattle Seahawks as a free agent, is just an after thought. Ansah along with CB Darius Slay and G Larry Warford, are the three candidates from the 2013 draft that have an opportunity to start in the Lions’ 2013-2014 season. Now eventhough he looks good on paper, running the 40 yard dash in 4.56-seconds at 271-pounds which isn’t easy, it is not the real test it will come when he plays in the preseason.
Then there is second round pick Darius Slay, the cornerback out of Mississippi State. He has to show Coach Schwartz and the rest of his coaching staff that his aggressiveness and proven smart use of his long arms to attack the hands and arms of receivers and force drops, creates separation with his length by working across the face of blockers and he is a great special teams player with solid hands but is it enough to earn him a starting spot against the 2012 draftees: Bill Bentley, Chris Greenwood and Jonte Green?
Guard Larry Warford, the third round pick from Kentucky that has a starting chance at right guard. The 6’3″ Lineman has quick feet that keeps him moving in pass protection, he plays with plenty of attitude and capable of getting tackle blocks to pick up delayed blitzers. But is that enough to win him a starting spot to represent the Honolulu blue and silver? Guess we will have to wait and see.
Each of these three young men have the potential to be great even Hall of Fame players. No one can tell what the future holds for them, it will be very interesting to watch them play and grow in the National Football League.