Ep: 196 – Free Agency and Draft Talk Begins – The Detroit Lions Podcast

In this episode of The Detroit Lions Podcast, Chris and Case are joined live in studio by Jeff Risdon. Jeff is in town to cover the Shrine game, and from there he and Chris will be heading off to cover the Senior Bowl and dig deep on key draft prospects for the Detroit Lions. Case does Free Agency, and evidently there was some coach hired that we should talk about…

Detroit Lions Podcast Welcomes Darrell Bevell

The biggest piece of business this week is to cover the hiring of Offensive Coordinator Darrell Bevell. To say that everyone is surprised would be an understatement. The beat media folks knew someone was coming but had no idea who. It was fun to watch everyone scramble, research, speculate, and finally report on what he brought to the team. Masterful work by the Detroit Lions in keeping things quiet and getting their guy.  Risdon also talks about who else might have wanted him but *didn’t* wind up getting him. Overall, this looks like a good hire for the team. One which brings optimism for the future. Don’t worry, the Detroit Lions Podcast counts the ways.

After that we get our first cut on Free Agency from Case. He finds himself lining up very closely with Justin Rodgers’ thinking from the Detroit News. He takes us through a number of positions and points out where there are possible fits, where there are gaps between needs and player availability, and which players we just might need to pay attention to.  Jeff Risdon drops a little nugget on a CB to keep an eye on as well. Good stuff, the Detroit Lions Podcast fires up your Free Agency thinking.

Draft Coverage Goes Big

From there we move into Jeff’s coverage of the Shrine Game practices this week. He gives a great breakdown of what the game is all about, some famous names who have been here before, and who to look for. He also has a few fun stories about some player/coach interactions. Don’t overlook this game. Detroit Lions like Theo Riddick, Zach Zenner, and Quandre Diggs all came up out of the Shrine Game. If you care about the draft, it’s definitely worth your time.

The Detroit Lions Podcast also lets loose on the expanded coverage you’re going to see from the Senior Bowl.  Jeff, Sandman, and Chris will all be there bringing you the latest news livestreamed from the sidelines in a Daily Diary as well as next week’s podcast in a video format. We might just find a special guest to join us… Subscribe to our YouTube channel and enable notifications to see it all happen live.

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Chris is the founder of everything you see here. A former radio presenter and Detroit native, he now resides in sunny California – and like so many of us, he found himself marooned on an island devoid of other Lions fans. After spending a few years in the Detroit Lions Reddit community he decided to start the Detroit Lions Podcast. Its become the #1 Detroit Lions podcast, and regularly ranks with the top podcasts in Detroit. With a mixture of pre-recorded shows, live & recorded phone-ins, and live post-game broadcasts - this is his slice of Honolulu Blue heaven.