One thing you can count on with the Detroit Lions is that they are never, ever boring. Follow the latest news including injuries, roster moves and more here daily from Oakland Press beat writer Paula Pasche. Plus you'll find regular commentary about the team.
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Check out transcript from Detroit Lions chat
We had lots of talk about the Lions biggest needs and most likely pick in the first round.
With the draft only two weeks away, it's a great time of year for speculation. Also the players will return to work on Monday for offseason workouts.
Join the next Lions chat at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 23. — Paula Pasche
Detroit Lions top 5 possible first-round draft picks
- Offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (Miami-Fla.) could step in and immediately upgrade the Lions’ offensive line. At 6-foot-5 and 324 pounds, Flowers (in photo at right) is an intimidating and physical presence. Frank Cooney of TheSportsExchange.com calls him a “mean-spirited mauler who loves to outmuscle opponents until the whistle stops blowing.’’ He’s played both sides so could step in at left or right tackle.
- Defensive tackle Malcom Brown (Texas) has been connected with the Lions in mock drafts for months. Why? He’d be a good fit. He’s got experience, maturity and size (6-foot-2, 319 pounds).
- Running back Todd Gurley (Georgia) could fill Reggie Bush’s shoes. Gurley, is coming off ACL surgery in November, which makes him a bit of a risk. But from all indications, he is worthy of first-round consideration and would go higher if not for the injury. ACL injuries are not as career-threatening as they once were. Gurley (in photo at right) is built for the NFL at 6-foot-1 and 222 pounds. Rob Rang of CBSsports.com compares him to Marshawn Lynch. He’s one of two running backs who the Lions brought in for a pre-draft visit. (The other was Indiana’s Tevin Coleman.)
- Offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings (Pittsburgh) is a defensive end who turned himself into a right tackle. Because of his athletic upside some draft experts believe he could be the first offensive lineman off the board.
- Wide receiver Breshad Perriman (Central Florida) would, of course, be the best story since his dad, Brett Perriman, was a solid wide receiver for the Lions from 1991 to 1996. The older Perriman is 5-foot-9, but his son is 6-foot-2 and uses his size and strength to make a catch. It’s his speed that has boosted him up the draft boards. He ran a 4.26 40-yard dash at his pro day. He’s one of three wide receivers the Lions welcomed for pre-draft visits. The others were Louisville’s DeVante Parker and UAB’s J.J. Nelson.
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Report: Detroit Lions agree to trade George Johnson to Buccaneers
The Bucs had offered a deal to Johnson for $9 million for three years. The Lions had a right to match the offer but instead were contesting it according to the NFL. An impartial arbitrator was expected to make a decision. The trade nullifies that.
If you missed Detroit Lions chat, check out transcript
The Lions have the 23rd overall pick and five other picks in the draft. We discussed which players and positions would fit best. We also talked about the George Johnson deal and much more.
Join us for the next chat at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 16. — Paula Pasche