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Senior Bowl Practice Begins Today

The 2008 Senior Bowl will be played this coming Saturday at 4:00 ET on the NFL Network, and really starts draft coverage here on Pride of Detroit.  Although the Lions aren't in control of one of the top picks this year, I would say that having a mid-first round pick is actually more important.  The flashy picks grab most of the attention, especially towards the top of the draft, but for the Lions, it's time to start building a solid offense and defense rather than worry about another receiver or someone like that.

For the Senior Bowl, practice begins today at 4:00 ET and will be shown on the NFL Network. For those of you out there that have the NFL Network, you will be able to watch quite a bit of coverage of the Senior Bowl.  Here is the schedule of coverage on the NFL Network:

Monday, Jan. 21
4 p.m. ET -- Day 1: North Team Practice (HD)
8 p.m. ET -- Day 1: Path to the Draft Senior Bowl Recap Show (HD)

Tuesday, Jan. 22
10:30 p.m. ET -- Day 2: North Team Practice (HD)
4:30 p.m. ET ­- Day 2: South Team Practice (HD)
8 p.m. ET -- Day 2: Path to the Draft Senior Bowl Recap Show (HD)

Wednesday, Jan. 23
10:30 p.m. ET -- Day 3: North Team Practice (HD)
4:30 p.m. ET ­- Day 3: South Team Practice (HD)
8 p.m. ET -- Day 3: Path to the Draft Senior Bowl Recap Show (HD)

Thursday, Jan. 24
10:30 p.m. ET -- Day 4: North Team Practice (HD)
4:30 p.m. ET ­- Day 4: South Team Practice (HD)
8 p.m. ET -- Day 4: Path to the Draft Senior Bowl Recap Show (HD)

Saturday, Jan. 25
3:30 p.m. ET - NFL Total Access Senior Bowl Pregame Show (HD)
4 p.m. ET -- 2008 Under Armour Senior Bowl (HD)
7 p.m. ET -- NFL Total Access Senior Bowl Postgame Show (HD)


Now that you know when you will be able to watch Senior Bowl related things, let's move on to who you will be watching.  Full rosters of both teams can be found here and here, but I'm going to look at some specific positions of need that the Lions have.

The way I see it, the offense's biggest need without a doubt is the offensive line.  You can go from LT to RT and pick out any player that needs to be replaced, which really shows how bad the o-line really is.  

Shifting to the defense, I would say that there are three major needs for the Lions.  The first is cornerback.  Considering the Lions' pass defense was near at the very bottom in the NFL, the Lions have a big need for getting a cornerback, and the first round very well may be when a CB is added to the Lions' roster.  Staying on the defensive side of things, the Lions also need a true middle linebacker and probably will need another outside linebacker as well if rumors that Boss Bailey is done with Detroit are true.  The final need on defense that I see comes from the defensive line.  Detroit needs a defensive end to compliment Dewayne White, and then also may need to look at getting a defensive tackle depending on what happens with Shaun Rogers.

As you can see, the Lions have many needs, and most are on defense.  There is no doubt that free agency will have to be used to address some of these needs, but just looking ahead to the draft, here are players to keep an eye on in the Senior Bowl:

NORTH SOUTH
OL Roy Schuening
OL Chad Rinehart
OL Carl Nicks
OL Kirk Barton
OL Drew Radovich
OL Mike Pollak
OL Gosder Cherilus
OL John Sullivan
OL Sam Baker
DL Cliff Avril
DL Sedrick Ellis
DL Chris Ellis
DL Jason Jones
DL Kentwan Balmer
DL DeMario Pressley
DL Lawrence Jackson
DL Trevor Laws
DE/LB Bruce Davis
LB Dan Connor
LB Jordon Dizon
LB Shawn Crable
LB Xavier Adibi
LB Beau Bell
LB Keith Rivers
DB Thomas DeCoud
DB Charles Godfrey
DB Tracy Porter
DB Terrence Wheatley
DB DeJuan Tribble
DB Terrell Thomas
OL Kory Lichtensteiger
OL Robert Felton
OL Cody Wallace
OL Barry Richardson
OL Steve Justice
OL Mike McGlynn
OL Chris Williams
OL Heath Benedict
OL Oniel Cousins
DL Kendall Langford
DL Marcus Harrison
DL Red Bryant
DL 91 Darrell Robertson
DL Wallace Gilberry
DL Dre Moore
DL Andre Fluellen
DL Jeremy Thompson
LB Ali Highsmith
LB Philip Wheeler
LB Wesley Woodyard
LB Tavares Gooden
LB Titus Brown
LB Ben Moffitt
DB Simeon Castille
DB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
DB Patrick Lee
DB Chevis Jackson
DB Quintin Demps
DB D.J. Wolfe
DB Marcus Griffin
DB Leodis McKelvin
Check back here at Pride of Detroit for continuing updates on the Senior Bowl throughout the rest of the week.