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.”