Jan 7, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive linesman Barrett Jones (75) prepares to block Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Manti Te

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Why the Detroit Lions Should Not Draft Manti Te’o
Eric Vincent – Bleacher Report

After an impressive NCAA career, Te’o has been projected around as a top-10 selection. He now becomes an option for the Detroit Lions, who draft at No. 5.

Tremendous work ethic, great leader and a playmaker on defense. All three holes Te’o can fill for the Lions. Makes sense to draft him and build around him, right?

Not so fast.

The big-name label has fans fooled again that drafting Te’o in the first round is a logical choice. It’s hard to rule against Te’o being successful in the NFL. But drafting him with the first pick would be a bad decision.

Lions’ defense looks to be more physical at cornerback
Dave Birkett – Detroit Free Press

The Seahawks advanced to the divisional round of the NFC playoffs thanks in part to one of the biggest, most physical secondaries in the league.

When the Lions shop for upgrades to the defensive backfield this off-season, it’s something defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham would like to emulate.

“I’m used to some areas of the defense being very, very physical with size and strength on the back end,” Cunningham said last month. “Everybody in the league knows that. So we’ve got to get better there, there’s no doubt about it.”

Barrett Jones would be perfect pick for Lions
Sean Yuille – Pride of Detroit

My personal hope is that Jones lasts until the Detroit Lions go on the clock in the second round with the 36th overall pick. I’ve been on the Jones bandwagon for a while, and if they have a shot at him in the second round, this seems like a no-brainer type of pick. Jones has been the leader of one of the nation’s best offensive lines for a few years now, and he’s done it at multiple positions.

Former Detroit Lion Terry Fair joins Butch Jones’ football coaching staff at Tennessee
Hugh Bernreuter – MLive.com

Former Central Michigan University football coach Butch Jones added a familiar name to his new coaching staff at Tennessee.

Former Detroit Lions and Tennessee cornerback Terry Fair will join Jones’ staff as the defensive quality control coach, focusing on the Volunteers’ defensive backs.

Fair was a four-year starter at Tennessee, making the all-Southeastern Conference team twice.

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