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Lions dine with Stafford

Georgia quarterback Matt Stafford spent Thursday night dining with the people who'll ultimately determine whether he ends up being the No. 1 draft pick.

Stafford met Lions general manager Martin Mayhew, president Tom Lewand, senior personnel executive Shack Harris, coach Jim Schwartz and offensive coordinator Scott Linehan for dinner and nearly two hours of conversation at Shula's Steak House in Indianapolis Thursday. He sat between Schwartz and Linehan in a table at the back of the restaurant, and even compared hand sizes with Linehan before he left.

The Lions are doing their proper vetting of the player most analysts consider the top quarterback available. Schwartz was asked about the possibility of drafting a quarterback No. 1 overall during Thursday's NFL combine. He acknowledged taking a signal caller that high carries some risk.

“But there's also a reward with it,” he said.

Stafford and Mark Sanchez, another potential top-10 quarterback, will meet with the media on Friday.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave, first time I've left a comment, but since you are "scooping" everyone on at the combine, I just wanted to say thanks for all the info and keep up the good work!

9:11 AM 
Anonymous Michael Schottey said...


Long time reader, first time commenter. I'd like to thank you as well for your combine work.

Regarding the dinner, we've learned that the Lions' plan to take more prospects out to dinner.

If you know of or find out a "schedule" can you let us all know? I am very interested at which prospects they decide to take more personal looks at.

11:46 AM 
Blogger Dave Birkett said...

Thanks for chiming in Michael. Yeah, the Lions are going to dine with a different prospect every night down here in Indy as part of the vetting process. I don't know who or when yet, but the way the combine is scheduled makes me think it could be an offensive lineman tonight (the tackles leave town tomorrow), another quarterback on Saturday (they depart on Sunday) and then a defensive player on Sunday (linemen and linebackers are done Monday). You know who the top prospects are at each of those positions and can probably guess who's on the short list for dinner.

12:13 PM 

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