Hondo breaks down the entire Lions 2006 draft, tells you about all the picks and grades each player and the class as a whole!

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Lions leave behind 2006 draft, with what they wanted.
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There are a myriad of ways to evaluate a draft. You can look at the raw talent selected, or you can see how many “big name” guys are taken. I like to look at a draft with the question of: did I meet my needs and did my team get better. With that said I am going to break down each selection and tell you what I think and also I will grade each choice and finally give you my grade on the 2006 draft. You will see next to each player my grade. As in years past, that grade rates them on what I think they will end up being in the NFL. In case you are new to the Spartan Nation review: A= Will be an immediate starter in the NFL, and have an All Pro chance. This is a very difficult grade to get from me. Roy Williams is the only Lions pick to get an A, since I started this almost 6 years ago. B= Will be a very good quality starter. C= Could eventually start but will be a quality NFL player, just not a sure starter. D= Marginal at best chance of making a team and even seeing more then special teams on a consistent basis. F= well that means a waste and no chance at all. Â

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 That is how I rate the players. Here is how I rate the team’s actual draft. This is the Spartan Nation rate your team draft grid:

Round         A    B    C    D    F

1                 10    5     -1   -15  -25 Minimum acceptable: 5.

2                 20    10    0    -5   -15 Minimum acceptable: 10.

3                 40    20    5    -4   -10 Minimum acceptable:  5.

4                 80    40    10  -3    -7 Minimum acceptable: 10.

5                 160  80    15  -2    -6 Minimum acceptable: 15.

6                 320  100  25  -1    -5 Minimum acceptable: -1.

7                 750  250  75   0    -1 Minimum acceptable: 0.  Â

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You must take into thought if a team does not have all their picks and/or what they got in return for picks spent. For example, the Bronco’s gave up a pick to Green Bay for Javon Walker, so you must grade walker to make the draft grade accurate. You want your team to get value in the later rounds that is why the point value goes up.

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I grade the Lions picks as:

RD1 A 10 pts.

RD2 B 10 pts.

RD3 C 5 pts.

RD4 traded pick value 0

RD5 B 80 pts.

RD6 F –5

RD7 B 250

According to the Spartan Nation rate your teams draft chart, I give the Lions an Excellent draft rating.
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Round one:
Ernie Sims III, Florida State LB Hondo’s Grade: A

Sims is fast and explosive. He has a great ability to find the ball and is blessed with great feet and exceptional vision. He is a complete LB. He is a little small in height, but if he can do the job who cares. I remember them saying a RB out of Oklahoma State and a LB out of Ohio State was also too small before. Will be a starter by time the season starts and will not give it up. I had Sims as my #2 LB.

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Ernie Sims, Florida State (5-11 1/8, 231; 4.55)
He had a complete workout at the Combine. He ran two 40s in 4.50 and 4.59 seconds. He also ran the short shuttle in 4.22 and the three-cone drill in 7.31. In addition, he had a 41-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot-5 broad jump and 25 bench presses. In high school, he played linebacker and running back. He gained over 9 yards per carry and scored 23 touchdowns. He earned a varsity letter when he was in the eighth grade, and his team won four state titles. He also ran track. At FSU, he played as a true freshman in 2003, and then started 24 games over the next two seasons. He worked out as a safety and a linebacker at the Combine. He's a very tough, physical player who can cover backs or receivers, but he had no interceptions at FSU. He's a strong tackler and a great leader with an outstanding football temperament. Though he plays undisciplined at times, he should be a Pro Bowl-type player. Courtesy of Gil Brandt!
Ernie is a solid citizen that had an issue at FSU but that was resolved. Coach Bobby Bowden told me personally about him that he thought he was a great young man and that he would do well in Detroit and it’s new system. Sims was #4 on the Lions want list, but to be honest, it was a 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d type situation and they were not at all disappointed with him and neither will you be.

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Round two:
Daniel Bullocks, Nebraska S Hondo’s Grade: B+

Bullocks is tough. He isn’t afraid to wallop people. He needs to tackle better because in college he was able to smack them to get them down. He needs to tackle because in the NFL you just can’t hit a guy and watch him drop. He is a headhunter like Ronnie Lott. He seems to always be near the ball. He also has great hands. Should compete and possibly start by mid season. I had him rated as my #2 safety.

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Daniel Bullocks, Nebraska (6-0½, 212, 4.40)
Bullocks had a complete workout at the Combine. He ran his 40s in 4.39 and 4.41, had a 38-inch vertical jump, 10-foot-4 long jump, 4.16 short shuttle, 6.91 three-cone drill, and did 18 lifts. He was a quarterback and free safety in high school, and was named Mr. Tennessee for football in 2000 when he rushed for 1,432 yards, passed for five touchdowns and also caught 10 passes. After red shirting in 2001, he started 10 games in 2002 and '03, and started 23 games in his junior and senior campaigns. He is a very competitive player, physical, very instinctive, great character, and is a hard worker with good athletic ability. However, he lacks good hands and will drop some interceptions. Bullocks will play at a high level for a long time. Courtesy of Gil Brandt!

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Daniel is a fine young man with immense talent. He is a no BS guy and will bring that “new” Lions attitude that they crave. He is not going to tolerate any funny business, I would describe him by saying: he is a football player.

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Round three:
Brian Calhoun RB, Wisconsin Hondo’s Grade: C-

Brian has to many fumbles, and lacks the ability to accelerate to a corner. Now you must understand that he is going to be used as a slot receiver. We don’t need a 3rd down back and I like the idea of him being used as a receiver but I just think we could have got a lot more value here. I see him as a depth pick and unless we have a major injury he will not start in 2006. He will get playing time. I had him as my 6th back.

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Brian Calhoun Wisconsin (5-9¼, 201; 4.60)
Calhoun had a complete workout at the Combine and ran his two 40s in 4.58 and 4.62. He had a 31½-inch vertical jump, 10-foot-4 long jump, 4.20 short shuttle, 7.05 three-cone drill and 18 lifts. Calhoun was the high school Player of the Year in Wisconsin as a running back and was also a member of the basketball and track teams. He played as a true freshman at Colorado in 2002 and led Colorado in rushing in 2003 with 810 yards. He left Colorado for Wisconsin and didn't play in 2004. He started 13 games in 2005 and rushed for 1,636 yards and 22 touchdowns while catching 53 passes. He gained 216 yards against Auburn in Wisconsin's bowl game. He ran on the Big Ten champion 4x100-meter relay team. Calhoun has very good vision, runs hard and fights for extra yards. He has a burst to get outside and will try to block. He lacks height for the position but does a very good job catching the ball. He did not play well in the last three games of the regular season but played very well against Auburn in the bowl game. Courtesy of Gil Brandt!

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Brian is a tough young man and a solid person. I don’t like him at this pick, but I do like him. With Bryson and Drummond, we don’t need a 3rd down back or a returner; I understand he will be in the slot so let’s see. I trust Mike Martz’s ability to grade a receiver a whole lot more then mine.

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Round five:
Jonathan Scott OT, Texas Hondo’s grade: B

Matt Millen should be sent to jail for stealing this pick in the 5th round. He is a great character kid, he is big and he is fun to watch. He can block pass or rush and is strong. He is smart and has great feet. I am not a Kelly Butler hater, this young man could allow us, (after next season franchise tag) to lose Backus and along with Butler give us bookends. If Butler struggles early in 2006 he may get the starters job, but I think he plays a lot and takes over for Backus next season if they can’t get a long-term deal, or if the Lions agree with me that Backus is over rated at a tackle and should move to guard. I love this pick! I had him rated as my #5 OT.

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Jonathan Scott, Texas (6-6 3/8, 315; 5.34)
Scott had a complete workout at the Combine. He was timed at 5.35 and 5.32 in the 40, 4.53 in the short shuttle and 7.73 in the three-cone drill. He also had a 24½-inch vertical jump, an 8-foot-5 broad jump and did 17 reps. Played on the offensive line in high school and earned second-team All-USA Today honors. Also played basketball and threw shot put. Red shirted in 2001 started seven games in 2002 at right tackle. He started the next 38 games at left tackle. Outstanding athlete with quickness and agility. He has great feet and can deep snap if needed. He has the ability to be very good, but needs to get stronger -- and he can. He needs to also get meaner, which he can. He's smart and has great character. If you hit on him, it will be a home run with the bases loaded. Courtesy of Gil Brandt!

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Jonathan is a fine young man, and will be a very good Lion. Off the field and on, he will impress the Lions faithful. It will also help that he and Roy Williams have some chemistry.

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Round Six:
Alton “DEE” McCann CB, West Virginia Hondo’s Grade: F
He is undersized, lacks speed and has terrible footwork. He was a playmaker with his hitting ability while at West Virginia but this was a bad pick. Maybe they want him for special teams simply to get rid of some old weight; well you do that in round seven or as an un-drafted free agent. There was a lot of value left and this pick stunk! May play special teams but don’t see him getting any major reps unless we get decimated by injury. I rated him as a rookie free agent and a do not draft guy.
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What others are saying: Well, I am a draft nerd so I did study him but most people didn’t. Sporting news questioned everything about him as I do.
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I am sure Dee is a good guy, but this was just a wasted pick. I sure hope that he and the Lions prove me wrong, that would be awesome. I certainly don’t mind crow when it comes to one of my teams!
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Round Seven A:
Fred Matua G, USC Hondo’s Grade: B

Fred is relatively small and needs to bulk up. He is on #305. He is a great run blocker and has a very strong mean streak. He left early and clearly would have gone higher after another season. He loves football, is very aggressive and with the loss of Kyle Kosier, will have every chance (and I think he will do it) to start for the Lions. He will do very well with the Lions strength and conditioning staff and to pick up a first year starter in the 7 hole, the Lions should be applauded. I had him rated as my #4 guard.

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The consensus is that he would have benefited greatly from staying in school. That said, they love this pick and I had three scouts tell me: “we wanted him bad, and the Lions stole him.” That said the consensus is very good.

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Look for big things from this young man. It may have cost him financially to come out early but he got the right fit on the right team and he should make up those dollars easily in the future as a Lion. With his personality, it will be fun to watch him for many years be loyal to Detroit for picking him.

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Round seven B:
Anthony Cannon LB, Tulane Hondo’s Grade: D

Anthony is a poor man’s Ernie Sims. He is aggressive and fast, but lacks a lot of what people like in an NFL linebacker. He is a very hard worker; he is great off the field and should make Detroit’s team as a special team type player if he can show any ability to adjust to the NFL. People are making great comments about his football IQ and his ability to lead. He is a guy you root for to make it in this league and with that glint of promise, you can’t fault Detroit for this pick at all.

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