Oct 5, 2013; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies cornerback Kyle Fuller (17) celebrates with safety Kyshoen Jarrett (34) after making an interception in the fourth quarter. The Hokies defeated the Tar Heels 27-17 at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

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Past success, missteps make this draft pivotal for Lions, Martin Mayhew
Josh Katzenstein – The Detroit News

As the Lions put the finishing touches on their draft plans for next week, Martin Mayhew faces the most critical juncture as the team’s general manager.

By most accounts, the Lions have the talent to contend for the playoffs this season, and with a new identity from coach Jim Caldwell and a couple more playmakers in this draft, they could get over the hump.

Virginia Tech CB Kyle Fuller could be option for Detroit Lions after late rise up NFL draft boards
Kyle Meinke – MLive.com

Some lean toward Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert, a physical freak who ran the fastest 40-yard dash at the combine. Others side with Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard, a more consistent player who won the Jim Thorpe Award as the best DB in college football.

But there’s a third corner has joined the mix after riding up a lot of draft boards: Virginia Tech’s Kyle Fuller.

Should the Detroit Lions Draft Odell Beckham with the No. 10 Pick in the Draft?
Jeff Risdon — Bleacher Report

ESPN’s Mel Kiper decided to throw an unexpected name into the hat in his latest mock draft (subscription required): LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

It’s a surprising selection, as Beckham (commonly referred to as OBJ) has generally been projected to come off the board several slots later. Of the five current mock drafts at CBS, the highest OBJ is slotted is 17th overall.

Kiper isn’t the only one to make this connection, however. Earlier that week on Sirius/XM NFL Radio, draft legend Gil Brandt planted the seed:

Ndamukong Suh’s talent too much for Lions give up
Shawn Windsor – Detroit Free Press

He will be there when he needs to be there. The Lions shouldn’t expect more than that.

When Ndamukong Suh stops playing like an All-Pro we can dissect missing voluntary workouts as if the U.S. Constitution were at stake. Until then, take a breath, and exhale in the knowledge that Suh is not Shaun Rogers.

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