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Detroit Lions Inside Slant 2009-03-30


Detroit Lions Inside Slant 2009-03-30
What will the Lions do with the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft? Well, they're leaving their options open and trying to keep the best poker face they can.


"We're going to look at every possibility that we can to improve our team, and we're going to go in with an open mind," coach Jim Schwartz said at the NFL owners' meetings in Dana Point, Calif. "We talked about the No. 1 pick. Would you trade it? Maybe. Would you be comfortable with picking a quarterback there? Maybe. Would you be comfortable picking a left tackle there? Maybe.

"I think at our point where we are as an organization, we need to be open to everything. We're not at the point where one player is going to put us over the top, so we need to look at the big picture, not the small picture."

General manager Martin Mayhew said he is open to trading the No. 1 pick and has already had talks with a few teams about trading down from No. 20. He said he is more inclined to trade back in the draft than trade up because there is more value in doing so.

Referring to the No. 1 pick, Mayhew said: "There hasn't been a lot of interest in acquiring that pick at this point. But I would think that if there's interest in doing that, that it would come later as we get closer to the draft. I think if there is interest it will come at that point. I think it's a little early right now for somebody to have made the decision to go after that pick."

The Lions will put Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford through a private workout March 31 in Athens, Ga. The next day, they will attend Southern California's pro day. They don't plan to put USC QB Mark Sanchez through a private workout, but they hope he will agree to make some of the types of throws they would like to see.

What is Schwartz's response when people say the Lions need to take a quarterback?

"I think that's paramount," Schwartz said. "We need to find a quarterback. I've been on the record saying quarterback is the most important position on the team. But there's a lot of different ways to get that quarterback."

So will the Lions play it safe at No. 1 and take a left tackle like Baylor's Jason Smith or Virginia's Eugene Monroe or a linebacker like Wake Forest's Aaron Curry?

"I might go for it on fourth-and-one every once in awhile," Schwartz said. "I don't know if safe is part of the criteria for the No. 1 pick. You want to feel comfortable with the guy and things like that, but I don't think that when you look at that, you say, 'Hey, look, this is safe.' Safe choice, a little bit, sounds like compromise."



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Added: March 30, 2009

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