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Check out links for pre-draft Detroit Lions coverage
- My top five draft prospects for the Lions with the 23rd overall pick.
- A look at why the first round is so important.
- The Lions’ biggest needs on defense and which prospects could be available to help.
- The Lions’ biggest needs on offense and which prospects could be available to help.
- Running back Tyler Varga, an interesting character, could be a good late-round pick.
- Basic information for the draft including times and TV information.
- A look at the experts’ mock drafts and who they have the Lions drafting in first round.(Follow @PaulaPasche on Twitter. Pre-order her new book “Game of My Life Detroit Lions” which will be be published in October on Amazon.com. Also order her book, “100 Things Lions Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die’’ here.)
Check out transcript from today's Detroit Lions' chat
The Lions have the 23rd pick along with picks in five other rounds. The next chat is at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 7.
In the photo that's a skinny-looking Calvin Johnson back on his draft day.
— Paula Pasche
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Check out transcript of Detroit Lions chat
A year ago tight end Eric Ebron was the Lions first-round pick, next Thursday the Lions will have the 23rd overall pick.
Join us at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 30, for the final pre-draft that. — Paula Pasche
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Detroit Lions: Five things you should know about this week
- Offseason workouts started today (Monday) for the Lions and the 24 other NFL teams that have returning head coaches. James Ihedigbo was the only missing player for the Lions, according to the team web site. These workouts are voluntary, but attendance is expected. The NFL monitors teams to make sure they are not breaking the rules.
- The NFL schedule will be released at 8 p.m. on Tuesday on the NFL Network. We know home and road opponents just waiting for dates. The Lions home opponents in 2015 will be: The Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers. The road opponents: The Kansas City Chiefs in Week 8 of the regular season at Wembley Stadium in London on Nov. 1. Other road opponents: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams. The preseason schedule has been released.
- The Lions will continue to host pre-draft visits this week. The three-day NFL draft starts Thursday, April 30.
- Ndamukong Suh, who didn’t attend the first few weeks of the offseason workouts with the Lions a year ago even with a new coach at the helm, is in attendance at the Dolphins’ first workout on Monday according to the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero. Suh said last year that he was more comfortable working out with his own people.
- Perhaps you’ve heard Tim Tebow is back in the NFL at least for now. The Eagles have signed him, but there’s no guarantee he will make the 53-man roster. The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner has been out of the NFL for two years.
(Follow @PaulaPasche on Twitter. Pre-order her new book “Game of My Life Detroit Lions” which will be be published in October on Amazon.com. Also order her book, “100 Things Lions Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die’’ here.)
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Check out transcript from Detroit Lions chat
We had lots of talk about the Lions biggest needs and most likely pick in the first round.
With the draft only two weeks away, it's a great time of year for speculation. Also the players will return to work on Monday for offseason workouts.
Join the next Lions chat at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 23. — Paula Pasche
Detroit Lions top 5 possible first-round draft picks
- Offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (Miami-Fla.) could step in and immediately upgrade the Lions’ offensive line. At 6-foot-5 and 324 pounds, Flowers (in photo at right) is an intimidating and physical presence. Frank Cooney of TheSportsExchange.com calls him a “mean-spirited mauler who loves to outmuscle opponents until the whistle stops blowing.’’ He’s played both sides so could step in at left or right tackle.
- Defensive tackle Malcom Brown (Texas) has been connected with the Lions in mock drafts for months. Why? He’d be a good fit. He’s got experience, maturity and size (6-foot-2, 319 pounds).
- Running back Todd Gurley (Georgia) could fill Reggie Bush’s shoes. Gurley, is coming off ACL surgery in November, which makes him a bit of a risk. But from all indications, he is worthy of first-round consideration and would go higher if not for the injury. ACL injuries are not as career-threatening as they once were. Gurley (in photo at right) is built for the NFL at 6-foot-1 and 222 pounds. Rob Rang of CBSsports.com compares him to Marshawn Lynch. He’s one of two running backs who the Lions brought in for a pre-draft visit. (The other was Indiana’s Tevin Coleman.)
- Offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings (Pittsburgh) is a defensive end who turned himself into a right tackle. Because of his athletic upside some draft experts believe he could be the first offensive lineman off the board.
- Wide receiver Breshad Perriman (Central Florida) would, of course, be the best story since his dad, Brett Perriman, was a solid wide receiver for the Lions from 1991 to 1996. The older Perriman is 5-foot-9, but his son is 6-foot-2 and uses his size and strength to make a catch. It’s his speed that has boosted him up the draft boards. He ran a 4.26 40-yard dash at his pro day. He’s one of three wide receivers the Lions welcomed for pre-draft visits. The others were Louisville’s DeVante Parker and UAB’s J.J. Nelson.
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Report: Detroit Lions agree to trade George Johnson to Buccaneers
The Bucs had offered a deal to Johnson for $9 million for three years. The Lions had a right to match the offer but instead were contesting it according to the NFL. An impartial arbitrator was expected to make a decision. The trade nullifies that.