May 31, 2012; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi during organized team activities at the team

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What exactly is Brian Xanders’ role in the Detroit Lions’ draft process?
Kyle Meinke –

The Detroit Lions hired former Denver Broncos general manager Brian Xanders as a senior personnel executive last year, and immediately procured one of the league’s best draft classes.

I’ve seen a lot of comments crediting Xanders for the success of the class, and he certainly deserves his due. But I’ve seen some go as far as to imply Xanders is the mastermind behind Detroit’s draft efforts.

New safety James Ihedigbo: It’s time to make the Detroit Lions a world champion
Dave Birkett – Detroit Free Press

Ihedigbo, who signed his contract hours before becoming a father, is expected to start at strong safety in the Lions secondary this fall.

Already, he’s started working out four days a week with his partner at safety, Glover Quin – both players live in the Houston area in the off-season – and Ihedigbo said his relationship with Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin was one of the big selling points in coming to Detroit.

Detroit Lions – Shaun Hill will be tough to replace
Paula Pasche — Oakland Press

It’s difficult to register just how big the loss of Shaun Hill is to the Lions. Hill, Matthew Stafford’s backup the past four seasons, signed a one-year deal with the St. Louis Rams.

He’ll be closer to his offseason home and he’ll have a good chance to learn the Rams system during OTAs since starter Sam Bradford is recovering from a torn ACL. He’ll reportedly earn $1.75 million with a chance for $2.25 million.

Sean Payton says Joe Lombardi is “forward thinking”
Tim Twentyman —

Joe Lombardi spent the last seven years in New Orleans and his former head coach, Sean Payton, says he’s ready to lead his own offense

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