Tag:Detroit Lions
Posted on: March 23, 2009 11:27 am
 

Lions negotiating with potential #1 picks?

 

 As is often the case this time of the year, there are rumors flowing through scouting circles that the Lions have begun negotiations with several different players in the hopes of finalizing a contract well before the opening pick is made on April 25th.

KFFL is reporting that the Baylor offensive tackle Jason Smith will be the first pick.

At the same time, there are other rumors via league sources that Virginia left tackle Eugene Monroe, Georgia quarterback Matt Stafford and USC quarterback Mark Sanchez's representatives have been contacted. Jason Smith and Matt Stafford are represented by the power firm CAA. Eugene Monroe is represented by a virtual unknown in the business, Sanat "Sunny" Shah. Mark Sanchez is represented by his brother, Nick Sanchez.

Detroit Lions' president told Tom Kowalski of MLive.com that:

“We have to have robust dialogue with the agents of the players we’re interested in. We’ve started that process and we’ve made it very clear to all of them that we have to have that as this month draws to a close.”

 

 

 

 

Posted on: March 19, 2009 3:28 pm
 

Stafford "helped himself today."

 

The Georgia Pro Day is wrapping up and the word out of Athens is that Matt Stafford helped his cause to be the first pick of the 2009 draft with a strong showing.

I just got off the phone with a scout from a team selecting in the first half of the draft who indicated that Stafford was "pretty much on throughout the entire workout" and "handled the pressure well."

Stafford threw for approximately 10-15 minutes, completing a variety of throws. His arm strength was obvious to all those attending the workout, but Stafford impressed scouts most with his accuracy, touch and better mobility than he's often given credit for.

The scout still thought it was likely the Lions would be considering one of the two tackles (Baylor's Jason Smith or Virginia's Eugene Monroe) with the first pick, but thought that Stafford "helped himself today."

The workout was especially important because Stafford, like Matt Ryan last year and many high-ranking quarterbacks of the past, elected not to work out at the Combine. He has scheduled several private workouts with teams already, with the Lions among them.

 

 

 
 
 
 
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