Apr 24, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Select NFL prospects stand atop the marquee before for the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

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Detroit Lions GM Martin Mayhew needs success in 2013 NFL draft to save his job
Anwar Richardson – MLive.com

Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew has one more chance to prove himself during the NFL draft, which begins today.

One final opportunity to prove he should retain his job after the 2013 season. It could be Mayhew’s last chance to prove he can build a winning franchise. The executive has one more opportunity to draft players willing to do whatever it takes to erase Detroit’s long history of losing.

Draft buzz: Lions ‘love’ Jonathan Cooper, Ziggy Ansah
Chris Wesseling – NFL.com

Detroit Lions defensive line coach Jim Washburn might be banging the table for BYU defensive end Ziggy Ansah with the No. 5 overall pick, but he’s going to have to win over the offensive-minded members of the team’s war room.

If one of the 2013 NFL Draft’s top offensive tackles falls past the No. 4 spot, the debate will intensify. There could be a third option for the Lions, too.

Hours after reporting Wednesday that the Lions “love” Ansah, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport heard “how much” they also love North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper.

Breaking Down Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay’s Detroit Lions Draft Projections
Dean Holden – Bleacher Report

Over at ESPN, Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay are the draft experts, and they’ll tell you as much anytime you ask.

These guys carry the authority at the “worldwide leader in sports,” and that makes them pretty much beyond reproach, right?


Lions receiver to speak to D.A.R.E. graduates
Kurt Kuban – Northville Record

Back in December, the middle school graduates of the Northville Township Police Department’s D.A.R.E. program were congratulated by Detroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch and Red Wings Coach Mike Babcock, who spoke at their graduation ceremony.

Officer Caroline Czelada, who has been leading the program for about two years, said the 166 fifth-graders who recently made it through the program won’t be disappointed when they have their graduation ceremony May 1 in the Northville High School auditorium.

Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson, one of the more outspoken members of the team, will provide remarks to the graduates, who attend Ridge Wood and Winchester elementaries.

NFL Draft longshot Brad Iskow has no qualms battling odds on behalf of Bad Axe, Ferris State University
Lee Thompson – MLive.com

Brad Iskow knows he’s a longshot for the NFL Draft.

But he can’t take his eyes off the ticker nonetheless.

The former Bad Axe High School and Ferris State University football standout learned long ago that longshot doesn’t mean no shot at all.

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