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Da'Shawn Hand headed to Detroit Lions, reunited with ex-Alabama coach


The Lions addressed what was arguably their biggest need by drafting defensive end Da'Shawn Hand from Alabama after trading into the fourth round of the 2018 draft.

It reunites him with Davis, the ex-Crimson Tide defensive line coach who is entering his first season as the Lions' D-line coach.

During his time at Alabama, Hand finished with 71 total tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, nine sacks, one pass deflection, and one forced fumble. Last season the Virginia native had 27 tackles with three sacks in 10 games including one pass deflection.

The former five-star recruit never developed into a big-time producer for the Tide but is a special athlete, as he showed at the National Football League scouting combine. "I don't think we've been the most balanced offense the last few years, right?"




In Round 5, the team plucked offensive tackle Tyrell Crosby out of OR with the 153rd overall pick. Since then, Detroit has picked five running backs in the first two rounds of the draft: Kevin Jones, Jahvid Best, Mikel Leshoure, Ameer Abdullah and Johnson.

Round 7 (237 overall) - Nick Bawden, fullback, San Diego State University, six-foot-two, 245 pounds.

While two draft picks certainly won't completely change the franchise on their own, it's clear what the Lions are trying to accomplish and what their offensive philosophy is going to be under new head coach Matt Patricia. Bawden is a seventh-round pick so there is still much work to be done before a roster spot is his, but the scouting report on him is that he relishes contact and can also catch out of the backfield well.

The latest potential solution to that problem -second-round draft pick Kerryon Johnson of Auburn - was 1 year old when Sanders played his final season. You follow that up with value selections later that have already paid off (Anthony Zettel, Kenny Golladay, Jamal Agnew), there is a reason why Martha Ford and Team President Rod Wood brought him on board. Unfortunately, we must now sit back and await mini-camp and training camp to begin to see how the new additions to the Lions pan out.

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