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Smith, Monroe separating from the pack

At this point, on the Lions' draft board at least, I'd have to guess the top two tackles are Jason Smith and Eugene Monroe.

Baylor's Smith posted top-10 marks at his position in the bench press (33 reps at 225 pounds) and as of now in the 40-yard dash (with an unofficial time of 5.14 seconds). Virginia's Monroe wasn't quite as eye-popping in his workouts. He had 23 reps and ran an unofficial 5.16-second 40, but he appears to be the first lineman to have a Matt Stafford-like meeting Lions with general manager Martin Mayhew. As I blogged earlier, the meeting wasn't quite the dinner extravaganza that Stafford enjoyed, but that's what it was supposed to be before Monroe's combine schedule got in the way.

Alabama's Andre Smith didn't work out at the combine and there's little chance the Lions draft Missippi's Michael Oher No. 1.

Which tackle ends up atop the Lions' board remains to be seen, but the uber-prospects appear to be separating from the rest.


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