Re: Thomas Rawls UDFA Central Michigan.
The Legend wrote:
Seattle gave him a shot...He s a remarkable story, its hard to believe what he s doing after failing at UM during pretty desperate times there as well. Not to mention he s been riddled with problems off the field that probably the Lions werent willing to deal with on anyone let alone for a not well regarded prospect. Im more fascinated by Rawls' rise then disappointed the Lions missed out on him. I do think the Lions should ve taken a flier or been more aggressive with Lael Collins the 1st rd lock OT who fell to undrafted and ended up with the Cowboys. Sometimes you have to take a chance to get ahead.
Yeah, he stole a purse from an old lady at a casino in 2014, so I can see why the Lions didn't get him especially after getting AA. I said the exact same thing about Collins, 29 teams contacted his agents after the draft and I really hope we were at least one of them, but according to this article: http://mmqb.si.com/2015/05/15/lael-collins-nfl-draft-dallas-cowboys-murder-investigation
"Collins’ agents eliminate 16 teams from contention and give briefings to the remaining suitors. The contract would be non-negotiable. Collins would get a guaranteed contract with no offsets, second- and third-year maximum salaries for a UDFA, and the remainder of Team X’s signing bonus cash pool. If he were ever charged or indicted in the murder investigation, the guarantees would disappear and the contract would be torn up.
The agents narrow the list to a handful of teams, and then Collins cuts it down even more. He wants to be close to home, and he doesn’t want to be anywhere cold."
- No Collins for us.
IMO we are improving college scouting and in the draft. While it's too early to accurately assess the 2014 class (Ebron, KVN, Swanson, Nevin Lawson, Caraun Reid), the 2013 draft class includes 1)Ziggy 2)Slay 3)Warford 4)Taylor 5)Sam Martin, and 6)Theo Riddick. Xanders came to the Lions in 2013. Not to tie every good decision to him, but our drafting (at least in 2013) has got to be considered a considerable upgrade.