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Tuesday Notes: Lions Claim OT Kirk Barton

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  • Just a heads up, I plan on posting scouting reports of every Lions pick in the next week or so and will start posting them tomorrow.
  • The Lions claimed offensive tackle Kirk Barton off waivers.  Barton most recently played for the Bengals, though he was with three other teams last season.
  • The draft page on the Lions' official site contains links to transcripts of conference calls and press conferences with almost every pick and Jim Schwartz and Martin Mayhew.
  • Below is a video of Matthew Stafford's appearance on The Late Show last night.  It was actually pretty funny, aside from the digs at Detroit, anyways.

  • Stafford is going to be featured on E:60 tonight (7 p.m. ET on ESPN) with Maria Sharapova.  Apparently she gave him a makeover in preparation for the draft.  Honest question: Would you rather spend a day with Sharapova or be the top pick of the draft?  I'm leaning toward a day with the world's hottest tennis player.

  • The Free Press has a photo gallery from the draft party at Ford Field.
  • Fans at the draft party apparently booed both of the Lions' first-round picks when they were announced.
  • ESPN put together a consensus list of draft grades, and the Lions actually came out with the sixth highest GPA.
  • The Dolphins released quarterback and former second-round pick John Beck.
  • Roger Goodell put to rest a report that the NFL was considering having a Super Bowl in London.  I hate that they play any games over there, so to have a Super Bowl in London would just be ridiculous.  This is America's sport, and Super Bowls belong in the U.S.
  • Just like Pride of Detroit's NCAA tournament pool, I came in first-place in the POD group in NFL.com's Predict the Pick contest.