Chances are you're sitting around watching the bowl games today, and if you're reading this blog it's reasonable to assume you're a Lions fan. My apologies.
Then again, we're probably approaching your favorite time of the year the draft. The Lions have five of the first 82 picks in April's draft, including Nos. 1 and 20 in the first round. With no Matt Millen around, they might actually come away with some talent.
Who? Well, who knows, but here's a two-minute guide on whom to watch:
Capital One Bowl
When: Thursday, 1 p.m.
Teams: Michigan State vs. Georgia
Who to watch: Georgia quarterback Matt Stafford is the potential No. 1 overall pick. He's got a rocket arm and decent mobility, but the preseason No. 1 Bulldogs underachieved this year. Still, if Stafford is anything like the last quarterback MSU faced in a bowl game Boston College's Matt Ryan last year he'd be well worth the top selection.
When: Thursday, 4:30 p.m.
Teams: USC vs. Penn State
Who to watch: USC, as usual, is loaded with talent. The physical Rey Maualuga is one of the top two draft-eligible linebackers and could be a Lion at No. 20 or if they trade down. Safety Taylor Mays is the best at his position in football and the Lions need help in the secondary. And quarterback Mark Sanchez, like Mays a junior, is a potential mid- to late-first-rounder if he declares. Penn State's Aaron Maybin, another underclassman, has 12 sacks and is the top defensive end prospect according to Scouts Inc.
When: Friday, 2 p.m.
Teams: Texas Tech vs. Mississippi
Who to watch: If Millen were still around, all eyes would be on Tech receiver Michael Crabtree. I'm pretty confident in saying he won't be a Lion, but Ole Miss tackle Michael Oher could be. Oher is this year's Sam Baker. They're different players, but like Baker, Oher's shine has fallen as a potential top pick but still should make someone very happy later in the first round. Ole Miss defensive end Greg Hardy has makeup issues but is a first-round talent as well.
When: Friday, 8 p.m.
Teams: Alabama vs. Utah
Who to watch: This would have been your last chance to see Bama left tackle Andre Smith, the potential No. 1 pick. But Smith is suspended, reportedly for his contact with an agent. He's still a candidate to lead off the draft, and Tide junior defensive tackle Terrence Cody is a likely first-rounder at a position of desperate need as well.
When: Monday, 8 p.m.
Teams: Ohio State vs. Texas
Who to watch: Ohio State seniors Malcolm Jenkins and James Laurinaitis are potential first-rounders. Jenkins is a lockdown corner who probably won't be on the board for the Lions' second pick. Laurinaitis should be, and the Lions need to serious help at linebacker. Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo has another first-round grade, but he may not have the size (6-3, 255) the Lions seek.
BCS Championship game
When: Jan. 8, 8 p.m.
Teams: Florida vs. Oklahoma
Who to watch: The main attraction for Lions fans is Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, another potential top overall pick. Bradford, the Heisman Trophy winner, is deadly accurate and embarrassingly productive. The only knock is he plays mostly out of the shotgun in Oklahoma's spread offense. Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes could be a late-first choice if he declares, but the Gators best draft prospects are freshmen and sophomores.