Detroit Lions Coaches Getting to Work at Senior Bowl Today

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Nov 11, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz (gray jacket with the headset) watches as his assistant coaches signal to the players on the field in the game with the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome. The Vikings win 34-24. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions coaching staff will get an up close look at a number of 2013 NFL Draft prospects as they work with the Senior Bowl’s South team this week.

One prospect they will get a chance to work with is former Clemson running back Andre Ellington. The Lions will look for a way to replace Jahvid Best in the offense and Ellington may be the best suited to do so. How high a pick that might require is yet to be determined and his performance this week could go a long way in determining that.

Russ Lande, NFL Draft expert at the National Football Post, including Ellington in his list of eight offensive players to watch, saying the following:

A dynamic play-maker with excellent open field running skills, Ellington needs to prove he is worthy of a high draft pick despite his lack of good size. Naturally instinctive with good vision/instincts, he finds creases/holes and has the explosive cutting ability to get to and through it in a flash. Soft, natural hands and good receiving skills make him a valuable receiver from both a running back and slot receiver alignment. In today’s NFL, players who can catch passes and make big plays from different alignments have tremendous value. Ellington needs to show NFL teams that he can be that versatile weapon in order to justify being a second round pick.

On the defensive side of the ball, Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah, a defensive end from BYU, is a particularly intriguing prospect that is on the South squad. He has only been playing football for a few years but he is freakishly athletic. It is unlikely he would get consideration from the Lions for the fifth overall pick but it is possible the Lions coaching staff falls in love with his potential and puts him on their radar to make a play on him either with their second round pick or as a target worthy of moving back into the first round.

Fans at home will have an opportunity to do more than read practice reports. NFL Network will be showing a lot of Senior Bowl action throughout the week and that starts today with Senior Bowl practice at 4 p.m. ET. If you miss that you can tune in at 10:30 p.m. ET for a half hour show devoted to Senior Bowl coverge.

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You can check out the full South team roster on the next page.

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