Checking out the draft picks
Heres an early look at a few of the Lions draft picks just four days into training camp:
-- Quarterback Matthew Stafford (first overall) looks like he belongs. He doesnt act like a rookie, he presents himself well. And, on top of that, hes got a wicked spiral and can connect with receivers on a regular basis. He seems to have earned the respect of his teammates already.
-- Tight end Brandon Pettigrew (first round) was a standout the first few days until he pulled up with a thigh issue and missed the last two days. Hes 6-foot-5 and can catch the ball. He wears No. 84 -- Herman Moores old number -- and at times he reminds me of the former Lions receiver.
-- Safety Louis Delmas (second round) is having a blast and it shows. Safety is a tough position to learn, especially for a rookie, but he seems to be excelling so far. He looks like a starter, but the coaches wont say that just yet.
-- Running back Aaron Brown (sixth round), the speedy one, shows flashes but needs to put his whole game together. Once he becomes a reliable pass rusher opportunities could increase for him. There is no doubt he possesses pure speed.
-- Tight end Dan Gronkowski (seventh round) is making the most of his increased reps. With two tight ends injured, his number is being called often and he has stepped up with some nice receptions. Regulars at camp know whos wearing No. 47.