2016-04-28 / Sports

Fat Guy’s Corner

Red Wings have serious questions to answer


Jeff Day — Sports Columnist Jeff Day — Sports Columnist The NBA playoffs are over for the Detroit Pistons and the NHL playoffs are over for the Detroit Red Wings. Man, talk about a short stay for both teams! The Detroit Pistons were swept in four straight games by the Cleveland Cavaliers. I thought the Pistons played them pretty tough even though they came out on the short end of the stick. The difference was LeBron James and Company have been there and done that in the playoffs and the Pistons have not. The youth of the Pistons came through crystal clear, as they had chances to win games at the end but couldn’t get it done. The future looks bright for our Detroit Pistons, though.

The long playoff drought is over for the Pistons and the team is trending upward for coach Stan Van Gundy. I think they are one solid scorer from being a much better team next season. The Pistons’ offseason will be very important and I look for them to improve in the offseason. It was nice to see playoff basketball at The Palace of Auburn Hills again.

The Detroit Red Wings, who backed into the playoffs, backed themselves out in five games. Tampa Bay was the better team and deserved to advance.

The Red Wings have some serious questions to be answered in the offseason. The first one is how to improve the scoring. Detroit needs some players to put the puck in the net on a consistent basis. The power play needs a total overhaul! The sub-par play of Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar offensively hurt Detroit. They played lights out two years ago but were in the dark this time around. I ask myself, which year are the real Nyquist and Tatar? Maybe they both over-achieved two years ago.

The retirement, if true, of Pavel Datsyuk happens and Detroit loses a valuable playmaker and two-way player. Will Jimmy Howard be dealt? These are just a few of the questions facing the Red Wings this summer. Stay tuned.

The No. 1 Selection is….

The NFL Draft takes place tonight (April 28) in Chicago.

The new Lions’ general manager directing the show, Bob Quinn, will get his first crack as top man for the Lions. I know we will all miss Martin Mayhew, right? I think not!

What a terrible evaluator of talent Mayhew was. The Lions have

10 picks in 2016.

They will pick

No. 16 in the first round and 46th in the second round. The Lions then have third- and fourth-round picks, followed by two fifth-rounders, and three sixth-round picks, then one seventh-round pick.

When looking at Detroit’s roster, the most glaring needs are offensive line, defensive line, linebackers and secondary. The first pick will be a defensive or offensive lineman, I believe. It would be sweet to see Michigan State offensive lineman Jack Conklin fall to Detroit at No. 16 but I don’t think he will. I really believe it will be a Clemson player; either Shaq Lawson or Kevin Dodd, both defensive linemen. I really like them both.

The one thing we do know is the No. 1 and 2 picks will be quarterbacks. Jared Goff will become a L.A. Ram and Carson Wentz will be a Philadelphia Eagle, in my opinion. The next team on the clock, the San Diego Chargers, has numerous players to choose from and their pick will help determine how everything else falls into place for teams drafting under them. The Dallas Cowboys will select next and who knows what they will do. This 2016 draft will be one of the more interesting ones in recent years. I think there is awesome talent in the top-20 picks, yet not what I would call loaded with super star can’t-miss prospects. I am curious to see who drafts Paxton Lynch, the quarterback from Memphis. I am not a huge Paxton Lynch fan. I think Connor Cook of Michigan State will pan out as the better NFL quarterback when it’s all said and done. I don’t know why Cook is not getting much love from NFL teams. Do you? thefatguy@mihomepaper.com

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