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  • According to Tom Kowalski, former Broncos defensive coordinator Bob Slowik has not been hired as the Lions' defensive backs coach, and a hiring apparently "is not imminent," either.
  • Apparently there is a "pretty strong rumor" that former Rams coach Scott Linehan will interview for the Lions offensive coordinator job.
  • Mel Kiper released his first 2009 mock draft and has the Lions selecting Georgia quarterback Matt Stafford with the #1 pick and USC linebacker Rey Maualuga with the #20 pick.  I would be very surprised if Maualuga dropped all the way to #20, but if he is still around when the Lions go on the clock again, there is no question that he should be the pick.  As far as the Stafford selection goes, I could deal with it if someone like Maualuga was drafted as well, but I would prefer an offensive lineman or a defensive player.  We have already beat that discussion to death a long time ago, though, so let's move on.
  • This is sort of unrelated to the Lions, but does anyone know why Kiper had Mississippi OT Michael Oher slipping all the way to #28?  I thought he would be an early to mid first-round pick rather than a late one.
  • USA Today put together a team of the best players to never reach the Super Bowl, and four former or current Lions are on the roster: running back Barry Sanders, cornerback Lem Barney, returner Mel Gray, and kicker Jason Hanson.
  • Former Lions defensive coordinator Joe Barry says that he is "going back to Tampa a better football coach."  I disagree, but I will leave it at that.
  • Shane Dronett, a defensive lineman that played for the Lions in one season during the 90s, committed suicide.