Previous Month: February
There was a lot of talks about defensive tackles in March. The Lions completed their trade for Corey Williams and Ndamukong Suh elevated his draft stock above Gerald McCoy’s at the scouting combine. It still wasn’t set that Suh was the Lions target, however. Some hoped the Rams would take Suh to increase the Lions ability to trade down with someone that coveted one of the draft’s top two DTs. Saints versatile defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove got a lot of talk as a possible Lions target despite his status as a restricted free agent.
Free Agency also got into full swing in March and the Lions wasted no time in going strong after their targets. Jim Schwartz pulled into Kyle Vanden Bosch’s driveway as soon as the clock struck midnight to open the free agency period. The reported signing of wide receiver Nate Burleson came just as fast.
March was a big month for roster turnover. In addition to Williams, Vanden Bosch and Burleson, Chris Houston and Shaun Hill came to Detroit while Dewayne White, Grady Jackson, and Larry Foote left town.
Matthew Stafford was glad to have his rookie season behind him and rehabbing in preparation of OTAs. Compensatory draft picks were awarded in March and the Lions once again had the last pick of the draft to select the 2010 “Mr. Irrelevant”.
The month ended with another rumor of a possible trade target: Rob Sims. The offensive line has been longstanding need for the Detroit Lions and they were looking at all possible options to improve their talent. Overall, March was an exciting month to be a Lions fan. The front office was active in upgrading the roster with potential starters, big names, free agents, trades and anything else they could think of. It was easy to see the arrow was pointing up for the first time in many years.
Next Month: April
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