Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (left) announces Iowa tackle Riley Reiff (not pictured) as the Lions 23rd overall selection as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (right) looks on during the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions Linked to First Prospect of 2013 NFL Draft Season


A number of 2013 NFL Draft prospects are spending the week in Florida for the East-West Shrine Game that will be played on Saturday. Practice began on Monday giving scouts a good look at part of what this year’s draft crop has to offer.

But the scouts are there to do more than watch. They’re also there to talk.

WalterFootball.com’s Charlie Campbell has been following the action in Tampa and has been posting daily interview lists. It is in these lists we find our first link of the draft season between the Detroit Lions and one of the prospects. Campbell reports that the Lions spoke with Glenville State offensive lineman Mark Jackson.

CBS Sports has one of the deepest big boards currently available and they rate Jackson as the number 332 prospect in this year’s draft. That gives him a projection of 7th round-undrafted free agent but it isn’t hard to understand why the Lions have some interest. At 6’5″ and 334 pounds, Jackson seems to have the frame to play guard in the NFL. Coming from a smaller school, there may be untapped potential that an NFL coaching staff can work with.

Fans shouldn’t read into this too much into this but it should help get your draft juices flowing if they weren’t already. This is just the first of many reports of the Lions talking to prospects over the next couple months. Expect even more next week as Senior Bowl practices get underway. Remember, the Lions will be intimately involved there as the coaching staff has been selected to work with the South squad.

The East-West Shrine Game will be played on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET and televised by NFL Network.

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