Jun 12, 2013; Owings Mills, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens secondary coach Teryl Austin (center, right) holds up a play during mini camp at Under Armour Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Scanning the Savanna: Detroit Lions News from Around the Web

Scanning the Savanna searches the web for Detroit Lions news and notes each morning and brings it to your fingertips in one easy location.

Lions stressing communication in new defense
Tim Twentyman — DetroitLions.com

The Detroit Lions continue the implantation of their new offensive and defensive schemes during Phase II of the offseason training program.

A couple things have already stood out to players when it comes to Teryl Austin’s defense. One, it’s entirely different than the one they played in under Jim Schwartz and Gunther Cunningham; It’s more aggressive.

Two, it significantly values communication amongst players.

The big five: Most likely candidates for Lions’ first-round pick
Dave Birkett — Detroit Free Press

Free Press sports writer Dave Birkett profiles five players who could fall to the Lions at the 10th pick Thursday:

In Barry Sanders, Lions boast best draft pick ever
Jerry Green – The Detroit News

Before the music hall theatrics; before all the flashing, shooting lights; before the overkill of the perpetually changing mock drafts; before self-styled media savants called themselves talent-assessing experts — the NFL did conduct an annual player draft.

And there were rubies — as Joe Schmidt would call the especially talented prospects.

For example: “The Detroit Lions with the third pick of the 1989 draft select Barry Sanders, running back, from Oklahoma State.”

Ask Kyle: Breaking down the Detroit Lions’ options in the NFL draft
Kyle Meinke – MLive.com

With the NFL draft set to begin Thursday, this week’s mailbag was stuffed with questions about how the Detroit Lions might approach it.

This thing’s already beefy, so I won’t bore you with a preamble. Let’s get right to business:

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