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Draft notes: Ex-Hawk DeVries on Stafford


Draft notes: Ex-Hawk DeVries on Stafford
Apr. 29, 2009 (The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) delivered by Newstex ) --


Detroit's Jared DeVries (95) tips Chicago Bears kicker Paul Edinger's field-goal attempt in the second quarter in Detroit on Nov. 9, 2003. The field-goal attempt was no good. (AP Photo
Former Iowa All-American Jared DeVrieshas seen many a savior come and go during his 11-year career with the Detroit Lions.

DeVries, a 32-year-old defensive end, was present the last time Detroit played in the postseason in 1999. He was there when the franchise hired ? and later fired ? president and general manager Matt Millen. He also was there in 2002 when the Lions drafted Oregon quarterback Joey ?Blue Skies Harringtonand four wide receivers in the first round of five successive drafts.

The Lions now are on their seventh coach in DeVries tenure, second-longest on the team. The team picked first in last weekends NFL draft by virtue of its historic 0-16 seasonin 2008. So, that background also should give DeVries an open microphone for cynicism about his team. Instead, he chose optimism.

Detroit picked Georgia quarterback Matthew StaffordNo. 1 overall. Stafford signed a six-year contract worth up to $78 million in incentives, including $41.7 million in guaranteed money. Thats the largest guarantee in NFL history. DeVries told the Detroit Free Pressthat drafting Stafford made sense.

?Its a good pick, DeVries said. ?Everybody felt we were going in that direction. You never know until draft day, and hopefully hell be a good quarterback for us.

DeVries, however, joined the multitude of veteran players displeased with Staffords deal.

?I think we as players kind of messed up, and we need to fix the system, said DeVries, who reportedly will earn $1.3 million this? year. ?Rookies are getting paid entirely too much without playing a down in the NFL.

DeVries suffered a?broken left handin the Lions ninth game against Jacksonville. He sat out one game, then returned only to re-break it against Tampa Bay. He had season-ending surgery two days later.

Iowa's Jared DeVries haunts Wisconsin quarterback Mike Samuel (10) and brings him down for a 6-yard loss in the first quarter. DeVries had three sacks costing the Badgers 18 yards on Oct. 24, 1998. DeVries, a former Aplington-Parkersburg all-state running back , had 45 tackles, two sacks, defended four passes and recovered one fumble last year in 10 games ? all starts.He had his best season in 2007, when he started 14 games, recorded 54 tackles, notching 6.5 sacks, recovered and forced three fumbles and notched one safety.

MAYOCK ON GREENE

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said former Iowa running back Shonn Greene has a solid opportunity to play this season for the New York Jets. The Jets moved up 11 spots in the third round and traded three picks with Detroit to select Greenewith the third rounds first pick.

?I had him late?(round) two, ?mid?three, so thats about where I thought hed go, Mayock said. ?I think its pretty exciting for him, growing up in New Jersey and now being? joined at the hip with (top draft pick quarterback) Mark Sanchez. I think thats an exciting opportunity.

Greene, 23,?could step in and play right away with the Jets. Starting running back Thomas Jones, 31, rushed for more than 1,300 yards and 13 touchdowns last year, but is sitting out all off-season workouts.

?I think what (drafting Greene) does is provide them with an insurance policy, Mayock said. ?Thomas Jones is getting older and wants a new contract. Ultimately, I think (Greenes) a really good fit with Leon Washington.

Last year Greene won the Doak Walker Award, which annually is given to the nations best running back. He was a consensus All-American and rushed for 1,850 yards and 20 touchdowns. He was the fifth running back selected in the draft.

Newstex ID: CR-3038-34522993



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