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Lions visit list

A couple of you have asked for a list of what prospects have visited the Lions. Here's a partial list culled from people I've talked with and other reports online.

Lions president Tom Lewand indicated earlier this week the team planned to bring the maximum 30 players to town – “We won't comment specifically on how many or who or what have you, but I would file that under the same general umbrella of being as thorough as we possibly can and gathering as much information as we can,” he said.

Since today is the last day players can visit, I'm sure I'm missing some names. Feel free to add them below if you anyone stands out.

Prospects to visit Detroit
QB – Josh Freeman, Mark Sanchez, Matt Stafford
OL – T.J. Lang, Eugene Monroe, Andre Smith, Jason Smith, Eric Wood
TE – Carson Butler, Brandon Pettigrew
WR – D.J. Boldin, Jeremy Maclin
DL – Connor Barwin, Jarron Gilbert, Ziggy Hood, Corvey Irvin, B.J. Raji
LB – E.J. Biggers, Aaron Curry

Prospects the Lions worked out privately
QB – Matt Stafford
WR – Mohamed Massaquoi
OL – T.J. Lang, Max Unger*
CB – DeAngelo Willingham

*The Lions and several other teams attended Unger's private workout, ran by the Broncos, after Oregon's second pro day last month. Unger worked out at the Ducks' first pro-day a week earlier.

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Anonymous Anonymous said... reported that Josh Freeman, Mark Sanchez, Matt Stafford, Eugene Monroe, Andre Smith, Jason Smith, Eric Wood, Brandon Pettigrew, Jeremy Maclin,
Connor Barwin, Jarron Gilbert, Ziggy Hood, B.J. Raji, and Aaron Curry have all visited the lions up to this point.

not sure if that's what you were trying to say there, dave.

i know that sanchez, according to, was supposed to visit today, but haven't heard anything else about it. maybe he visited earlier in the day or the week?

can't wait to read your observations and notes about the mini-camp later too.

7:14 PM 
Anonymous minime said...

birkett, your love is being spread to the mlive message board too...good stuff, keep it up.

9:30 PM 
Blogger Dave Birkett said...

Mini-camp Day 1 notes should be up shortly.

As for visits, sometimes you come across a story from the San Diego Union-Tribune (for example) about player from San Diego State that mentions the Lions have interest in him. If anyone seen's one that I've missed - including any reports - feel free to point them out here.

9:32 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

according to rob rang of the lions have entered into negotiations with stafford, smith, and curry. guess monroe isn't in their plans or there some info missing. i'd rather have smith anyway.

10:15 PM 
Blogger Dave Birkett said...

I think Smith is a better fit for how the Lions want to build. Ditto for Stafford over Sanchez.

Mike Mayock's the best in the business, but when he says he prefers Monroe and Sanchez that's how he fashions building a team. If I was putting together an organization I'd have similar leanings - the accurate, polished passer vs. the big gun and upside - but for what the Lions want to do focusing on Stafford and Smith makes sense.

As to the linemen, by the way, Monroe is considered the most polished of the top tackles, while Smith has greater upside. I like Smith a lot, but I still think Andre Smith could be the best tackle in the draft. If he matures, he's that type of talent.

10:49 PM 
Anonymous Michael said...

I'm surprised the Lions didn't have Oher here for a private workout. All the other top OTs have been here. Have to wonder if the Lions would be that interested even if he fell to 20.

1:29 AM 
Blogger Jesse said...

Hey Laurinaitis visit? What's the story with him and the Lions?

10:50 AM 
Blogger Dave Birkett said...

Laurinaitis did not visit the Lions, but they did meet down at the combine. Don't read too much into that. Laurinaitis never missed a game or practice at Ohio State so he doesn't have injury concerns, and he's got four years worth of film so teams know what kind of player he is. I spoke with James on the phone yesterday and will have something on the blog after mini-camp next week.

12:20 PM 
Anonymous Big Biting Pig said...

Thanks a lot David, this is great info!

12:43 PM 

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