Offensive tackle Jason Fox became the first Lions draft pick to officially sign with the team when he was inked to a three-year deal earlier today. Typically the Lions have waited until closer to training camp to sign their draft picks because that allows them to have more players on the roster, but with nothing going on for the next month, they might as well start getting them signed.
In order to make room on the roster for Fox, the Lions released wide receiver Marko Mitchell. Mitchell was claimed off waivers from the Redskins last month, and many believed he could compete for a spot on the roster thanks to his height. As it turns out, though, Mitchell is the first roster-limit casualty, with many more to come as the rest of the draft picks are signed.