May 10, 2013; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (94) stands next to Devin Taylor (92) during rookie mini camp at Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

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Detroit Lions DC Teryl Austin impressed by Devin Taylor, Darius Slay, Chris Greenwood
Kyle Meinke –

New defensive coordinator Teryl Austin cited defensive end Devin Taylor and cornerbacks Darius Slay and Chris Greenwood as young players who showed tremendous gains last season.

Taylor, Ansah and Slay are entering their second year, while Greenwood will be in his third. And all three are drawing attention from the new regime as possible contributors in 2014.

No reason for Lions to trade up and draft Sammy Watkins
Jamie Samuelsen — Detroit Free Press

The notion of the Lions trading up to land Clemson’s Sammy Watkins is one of the more intriguing story lines of the countdown to the draft. In the Lions defense, they are saying nothing about trading up or down in May. And they’ve worked out virtually every draftable player leaving most observers confounded by exactly what they’re going to do when the draft rolls around.

Lions coach Jim Caldwell, sports stars reach out to Detroit teens
Josh Katzenstein – The Detroit News

At the end of his 30-minute speech to about 300 student-athletes from Detroit high schools, Lions head coach Jim Caldwell tested the teens’ comprehension.

He asked a few questions from the stories of his upbringing, and whichever student answered correctly first would win some Lions gear, with the top prize a Calvin Johnson-signed football.

TIM AND MIKE: Running through potential draft scenarios
Tim Twentyman & Mike O’Hara –

There is a connection between the needs of the Tigers and the Lions. For both teams, there is talk about closers.

The Tigers have had problems with their bullpen protecting leads in the early stages of the baseball season.

Finding closers is a priority for the Lions, too. At Monday night’s fan event at Ford Field, Sheldon White, the director of pro personnel, talked about finishing games. The Lions lost six of their last seven games last season, and they gave up the go-ahead or winning touchdown in the fourth quarter or overtime in all six losses.

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