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News » Detroit Lions Inside Slant 2009-03-14


Detroit Lions Inside Slant 2009-03-14


Detroit Lions Inside Slant 2009-03-14
The Lions need a quarterback - maybe two. Now that Jon Kitna has been traded and Dan Orlovsky has left in free agency, the Lions are down to Daunte Culpepper, Drew Stanton and Drew Henson.


But before the Lions decide to sign a free agent, draft a rookie or both, they have a lot of evaluating to do. The new coaching staff wants to see the quarterbacks on the roster as well as draft prospects before settling on anything.

Some veterans are still available in free agency, including Byron Leftwich, J.P. Losman, Rex Grossman and Trent Green.

Asked if the Lions wanted to add a veteran behind Culpepper regardless of their draft plans, coach Jim Schwartz said he didn't know. He said he wanted to watch off-season conditioning, the first minicamp and early organized team activities.

"I think I'll let that sort of maybe determine some of that, because we need to see where Drew Stanton is," Schwartz said. "We need to see Drew Henson. We need to see Daunte.

"We need those guys to throw, and the early part of the off-season program, the first minicamp, the first OTA days may have something to do with that and our comfort level with those guys."

The Lions also have the No. 1 pick in the draft, of course, and Georgia's Matthew Stafford is a prime candidate along with Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry, Baylor left tackle Jason Smith and Virginia left tackle Eugene Monroe.

Southern Cal quarterback Mark Sanchez and Kansas State QB Josh Freeman, candidates to be taken at No. 20, threw at the NFL scouting combine. But Stafford did not. He will throw at his pro day March 19 and in a private workout for the Lions.

"First thing, we need to see him throw, and throw drills," Schwartz said. "We've looked at every throw for the last two years that he's made, every play that he's played the last two years. We'll do the same with just about every quarterback, particularly someone that will need to be drafted early.

"But there's one thing when you're watching it on tape. It's another thing when you're there standing next to him the way you do on a practice field, and you can direct him -- 'Hey, this is the throw, this is where we want to see the ball thrown' -- and you can see if he can respond to that. You can tell a lot there when you're up close and personal so to speak that you can't really see on tape."



Author:Fox Sports
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Added: March 14, 2009

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