Quite a long piece about Holmes approach to round 1 after the Cardinals blurb.
- Holmes wanted Witherspoon or Anderson at 6, and then to trade up from 18 to take Gibbs
- The Lions went incognito on Witherspoon, not attending his pro day or having him for a top 30 visit
- After Witherspoon and Anderson came off the board, Holmes was ready to “break the internet” by taking Gibbs at 6, but Arizona offered a nice trade
- Holmes felt the Patriots at 14 and Jets at 15 were likely to take Gibbs
- According to a Lions official, Jack Campbell was “damn near installing our defense” when he met them at the combine
Makes sense. Love that he was willing to do what it takes. I wonder if Allen Park has a service entrance for Brad’s balls.
Wonder what it would have cost to trade from 6 to 3 to take Anderson. I’m not surprised by this and figured Witherspoon was a Holmes kinda guy. That would have been a better draft obviously adding someone like a Anderson. But that was probably asking too much.
Way too much based on what the Texans gave up, to me.
The Cardinals wanted to be at 6. They literally paid US to get there.
Rings true to me. Witherspoon would have been great for our defense, but I think we have enough in the cupboard to do damage. Smart pick by the Seahawks to take him.
Remember the cart Patricia drove his fat ass around in? Now they use it to haul Brad’s balls. He stands atop it like Washington crossing the Delaware.
I would have offered the first 2nd rounder to move to 3 to get Anderson. But they wanted Gibbs too and felt they needed to trade up for him as well. The Lions would have been giving up a lot of picks. However, if I got Anderson I would have kept Swift and gone bpa at 18…someone like JSN or still considering Campbell though MLB I don’t view as a true position of need.
This seems very likely to me. The board doesn’t always land how you want, which is why I don’t have an issue with Gibbs at 12. It was the most he could move back while still getting who he wanted with his second first. I think they would have been very upset to lose out on all 3 of their top targets.
What does that even mean?
I brought this up based off Charlie Campbell saying we were going to go Spoon, Gibbs, Campbell
I took that as his understanding of the defensive concepts was at a level of someone instilling it not receiving it. I could be wrong though.
Witherspoon and then a trade up for Gibbs would have rustled some jimmies around here. Gibbs at 6 even moreso.
Also, in that scenario, they miss out on Campbell (who probably doesn’t make it to 48) and no LaPorta so it would have been Witherspoon and Gibbs as opposed to Gibbs, Campbell and LaPorta or essentially Witherspoon vs. Campbell+LaPorta.
It’s all about the buckets. The top bucket was emptied so we had to pick from the 2nd. The interesting thing is, since we were willing to go for Gibbs at 6, that says he was pretty much alone in that tier.
Illustrating the defense, including where each defender fits and why (what his responsibilities are, keys, etc.)
What if both Gibbs and LaPorta become All Pros?
In reality none of the three probably become all Pros. I could all three having Pro Bowls in their futures.
I agree… I wonder if Gibbs had been gone if we would’ve just drafted Campbell at 12… who knows, I’m happy with who we got. But I thought it was pretty obvious once Witherspoon went 5 and the lions traded down pretty quickly after that… Anderson and Witherspoon were their first choices.
What’s interesting is they still had ammo, so say Witherspoon or Anderson fell to 6, the lions could’ve traded up to 12 from 18 to grab Gibbs. Or could’ve stayed put and taken Campbell at 18 like they did.
But it would’ve been interesting who we might’ve chosen if we had our choice of Anderson/Witherspoon/Gibbs/Campbell at any point
Would’ve probably been the draft we wanted
There’s a good chance that neither Campbell or LaPorta would have been there at 48. Good chance you’re looking at Witherspoon+Gibbs+other guys at 48 and 55, assuming that 81 is also gone in the trade up for Gibbs scenario.
I think that is a safe assumption. I agree 100%.
And I didn’t think about the fact that Seattle predictably fudged us in the arse again until you brought it up.
Every time Seattle is right in front of us this is long time Lions fans: