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Lions could buy dinner for Okung

INDIANAPOLIS — Last year during the NFL Combine the Lions coaching staff was spotted by reporters at dinner with Matthew Stafford. We know where that led.

What they didn’t see were coach Jim Schwartz’s meals with other potential draftees, including Mark Sanchez who was drafted by the Jets.

So who is Schwartz dining with this week?

It’s not like he’s going to spill his guts, but when asked if offensive tackle Russell Okung (Oklahoma State) might be dining with him, he said, “We will sometime this week, probably.”

Okung, who is projected to be drafted in the top five, said he had no immediate plans for dinner with Schwartz.

“As far as I’m concerned, (Friday) we bench press,’’ Okung said.

Even though he’s projected to be drafted early, he is still going through the workouts.

“I’m here to compete and show what I’ve got,’’ the 307-pound Okung said. “I don’t want to shy away from competition.’’

It’s nice to see. Not every player feels the way he does.


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