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Lions Expect to Sign Top Pick Before Draft

The Detroit Lions expect to have the player that they'll select with the top overall choice Saturday signed to a contract before the NFL draft begins, as league rules permit.

General Manager Martin Mayhew said at a news conference today the chances are good that the Lions will complete a pre-draft deal with a player, but declined to say which player. Mayhew said the list of candidates has been narrowed but refused to be more specific, according to the Associated Press.

The Lions have been negotiating with Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford, Baylor left tackle Jason Smith and Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry.

Executives with other NFL teams say they expect the Lions to choose Stafford.

By Mark Maske  |  April 21, 2009; 3:18 PM ET  | Category:  Draft , Lions Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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great idea ..anything to speed up this overcommericalized process

Posted by: jercha | April 22, 2009 10:28 AM

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