Gilyard, Bell Speak of Jefferson and Gash in High Regard

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on February 27, 2010 – 7:17 pm

The Detroit Lions consider it a significant benefit to have spent time with many of the top senior prospects in this year’s draft class by way of the 2010 Senior Bowl.

Those prospects having moved on to the NFL Scouting Combine, are speaking about the fact that they, too, benefitted from the interactions with the Lions’ staff.

Cincinnati WR Mardy Gilyard was one of the North Team’s top performers in the Senior Bowl and one of the sought-after prospects at the combine.

Gilyard: “The Lions staff is just one of a kind. Those were the coaches that I felt like I really needed as a player. Shawn Jefferson, the coach, was really, really, really, really strict amongst (all the) guys, but it seemed like he was real strict on me. He did a lot of yelling, getting in my face a lot. I can remember day one, he’s like, ‘Man, we want to send you home, man.’

“I needed stuff like that because, as a player, when you’re good and you feel like you’re good – not that you take anything for granted – but sometimes you get lackadaisical and you need that kick in your butt to get you moving. They gave me that.

“The coaches really gave me what I needed – my position coach – and they worked my butt off there. It was just an experience I’ll never forget.”

Gilyard is a player who went through adversity in his collegiate career, losing his scholarship after his sophomore season due to academics.

He lived in his car and worked four jobs before going back to Cincinnati.

Gilyard: “Me and Coach Jefferson spoke a lot about life (and) this whole process of me leaving the Senior Bowl coming in to when I would actually be drafted. He was also telling me, ‘Mardy, you need to make sure that you just stay out of the way. You don’t need to get in any trouble. If you hang with a crew, tell your crew you’ll hang with them when you get time to. This is the time that you need to be indoors.’

“He’s like, ‘You got a dog? You got a girl?’ I was like, ‘Well, I got a dog; I ain’t got no girl.’ He was like, ‘Well, you need to spend all your time with your dog, inside the house.’”

Gilyard says he has been spending time with his dog, Kane’O, to follow Jefferson’s advice.

Wayne State RB Joique Bell was also on the North Team roster with the Lions’ staff. Bell says he benefitted from the week of practice more than he did the actual game.

Bell: “The practices (are) where you make your name. They say a lot of the scouts don’t really stay for the game – they leave before the game. For me, my effort that I gave out there on the field, I think is what really stood out to the scouts, so of course I think that practice helped me out more than the game.”

Like Gilyard, Bell also received words of wisdom from his position coach and former NFL player, Sam Gash.

Bell: “He’s a good guy. He stayed on us – he stayed on us a lot. He wanted the best out of us. He demanded it and didn’t expect anything less. It wasn’t anything that I expected less of myself. He was a good guy.”

While Gilyard was coming off adversity he experienced during his collegiate career, Bell used the Senior Bowl to put his talent level up against the top Division-I players.

Bell: “It was great being able to get out there with the D-I prospects and being able to showcase my talent.

“Not only that, but meeting new people, making new friends – made a lot of friends with Mardy Gilyard, Jacoby Ford, Sean Witherspoon, Chris Cook, LeGarrette Blount – just to be able to go out there and just to be able to meet the top-tier guys and be able to compete with them was great. It was fun and it was a memorable experience.”


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4 Responses to “Gilyard, Bell Speak of Jefferson and Gash in High Regard”

  1. By Rand Gearld DesRosiers on Feb 27, 2010 | Reply

    Gentleman sorry i have’t responded to your updates, but im going through rehab on my 14th knee operation. it hurts like hell!!! but been reading your latest updates & they sound motivational!! keep up the good work! hows the rehab coming with k smith & brandon pettigrew. i pray there running in the pool. it must be heated !! hahah love you guys Rand i know were going to have a GREAT YEAR!!! KILLER INSTINT

  2. By Lance Manly on Mar 3, 2010 | Reply

    These two guys are good, but does anyone think they will be available in the top of the 3rd round?

    There are the two scenario’s that I think will play out on draft day; first let’s do my choice…

    1st round – Okung LT;
    2nd round – Best Corner back or D-line man available

    or the Lions go for beefing up the Defense…

    1st round – McCoy or Suh DT
    2nd round – Best offensive lineman available.

    Either way; I don’t think the Lions will be in the market for a Running back or Wide Reciever in the 2nd round.

    So, again, are either of these two in the article expected to slip to the 3rd or 4th round? If not, then not sure what the point of this article was about.

    FYI, for the Lion’s web master, lets get the “Transactions” page to default to the 2010 season.

    May The Schwartz Be With You.

  3. By seth on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    all rigth. how ever put LT and TO child please there old you wont us being old at star spots your the kind of person that got us in this 16 – 0 we need guy like a pac man j and a nother cb a eric barry that the back field i would wont on my team so and git a young big!!! body to put in there with hill and we can stop the run and mack them throw it int please thank you

  4. By seth on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    all rigth. how ever put LT and TO child please there old you wont us being old at star spots your the kind of person that got us in this 16 – 0 we need guy like a pac man j and and a nother cb and eric barry thats the back field i would wont on my team so. git a young big!!! body to put in there with hill and we can stop the run and mack them throw the ball.

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