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10 players the Detroit Lions are most likely to select in the first round of the NFL draft
Kyle Meinke –

There are nearly a dozen players who make sense for the Detroit Lions during the opening round of the NFL draft.

Here’s one stab at ranking them.

Note that this list is contingent on Detroit staying at 10th overall, and does not include players such as Jadeveon Clowney, Sammy Watkins and Khalil Mack, who are sure bets to be long gone by the time Detroit is on the clock at that spot.

No need for Lions to gamble in this year’s NFL draft
Bob Wojnowski — Detroit News

It’s so, so tantalizing. This must be why the NFL pushed the draft back, so everyone could spend more time dreaming up longshot scenarios that make their toes tingle.

The Lions are at the center of the vortex, with trade-up rumors and trade-down rumors and the standard batch of Ndamukong Suh rumors. I’m not here to ruin anyone’s vortex. Really, I’m not. But you know what the Lions probably need most? A perfectly mundane draft.

This could be pivotal draft for Lions GM Martin Mayhew
Carlos Monarrez – Detroit Free Press

Lions general manager Martin Mayhew will speak with reporters today in his annual predraft news conference and will say what he usually says, which is very little.

But this year, Mayhew’s draft might speak volumes about where the team is heading as he makes selections under new coach Jim Caldwell.

Lions could look in late rounds for quarterback to develop
Chris McCosky — Detroit News

For the first time since 2009 when the Lions took Matthew Stafford with the No. 1 overall pick, general manager Martin Mayhew seems to have legitimate interest in drafting a quarterback.

“We are open to any possibility,” he said during the league meetings in March. “With a veteran (backup), the issue is, how many more years will he play versus a young guy that you can have back up for three or four years.

“A lot of teams have used the backup quarterback position to draft and develop a guy to eventually trade for a draft choice.”

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