Schwartz at OSU pro day; Redding on the block?
According to reports, Freeman had an excellent workout Friday, running 40 times between 4.5 and 4.55 seconds. He ran a 4.74 at the combine (seventh among linebackers) and benched 225 pounds 30 times (best at his position).
Laurinaitis, a distinct possibility at No. 20, ran 40s in the 4.7s and told The Columbus Dispatch he was pleased with his performance in the agility drills.
"I think there's a misnomer that playing in the Big Ten, you don't have to play in space," he said. "But half the Big Ten is spread teams now, so it's just exciting to be in space, have (coaches) challenge you to see what you can do."
Jenkins, the top cornerback prospect in the draft, has not posted blazing 40 times and some project him at safety in the NFL. Still, it's unlikely he slips to the Lions at 20.
Update: The Lions may also be in the market for another defensive tackle if the Cory Redding-to-the-Seahawks rumors are true. According to ProFootballTalk.com, the Lions are on the verge of trading their defensive tackle to Seattle for an unspecificed return, perhaps including Julian Peterson, who the website reports is expected to be released.
Redding has a cap number of $5.383 million this year ($3.3 million in actual salary) and the Lions have plenty of room to take the hit. Hopefully, any trade would net the Lions an additional draft pick somewhere. There are no notable free-agent defensive tackles on the market and the Lions have plenty of other holes to fill.
Redding, incidentally, is due a $250,000 workout bonus this offseason so if the Lions are in trade discussions there might be incentive to get a deal done before the team's offseason program starts Monday.