On Monday night, the Detroit Lions will look to rebound from an embarrassing loss to the Baltimore Ravens last week when they host the Las Vegas Raiders for a Week 8 matchup inside Ford Field.
For Raiders pass rusher Maxx Crosby, Monday will be a bit of a homecoming, as he spent his college career about 40 minutes away from Ford Field at Eastern Michigan University.
Since he developed his skills into a legitimate NFL prospect during his time in the state of Michigan, Crosby was hoping to get selected by the Lions in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Instead, Detroit passed on him multiple times, and he was eventually selected by Las Vegas in the fourth round of the 2019 draft.
Crosby recently revealed that getting passed on in the draft by the Lions isn’t something that he’s ever going to forget (via NFL Media’s Bridget Condon on Twitter).
“I wouldn’t say I was mad. But I remember everything. I remember everything. Let’s just leave it at that,” he said.
Crosby was on the board for each of the Lions' first three picks in the 2019 draft.
"I wouldn't say I was mad. But, I remember everything. I remember…
— Bridget Condon (@BridgetCondon_) October 30, 2023
Looking back, Detroit is one of the many teams that regrets passing on Crosby in the 2019 draft.
Since the Raiders drafted him, he’s been able to rack up a total of 44 sacks, including 6.5 in seven games so far this season.
Las Vegas and their dynamic pass rusher are coming off of a very disappointing loss to the Chicago Bears, and if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive, a win over the Lions on Monday will be essential.
As for Detroit, they were one of the hottest teams in the NFL until they ran into a brick wall in the form of the Ravens last week.
In front of their home crowd on Monday night, the Lions will be looking to improve their 2023 record to 6-2.NEXT: Davante Adams Has An Honest Admission About Derek Carr's Departure