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Tuesday Notes: What Does Sam Bradford's Workout Mean for the Lions?

  • Sam Bradford held his own pro day on Monday, and by all accounts he proved that he is deserving of the No. 1 overall pick.  Gil Brandt called it "the best quarterback workout by a draft prospect that I’ve seen since I watched a private workout Troy Aikman put on for us with the Cowboys in California."  As you can probably tell, it went quite well. 

    Based on the glowing reviews, you would think St. Louis would just start drawing up the contract papers now to finalize the selection, right?  Well, although Bradford to the Rams does seem like a lock at this point, St. Louis is reportedly going to wait to make a final decision until after they hold a private workout with Bradford three days before the first round of the draft.

    What this all means for the Lions is the following: If Sam Bradford is selected by the Rams, the Lions will be able to pick the top player on their draft board.  If for some reason Bradford isn't selected by the Rams, trading down could be a very realistic scenario.  After all, Bradford's stock just shot through the roof after yesterday's performance, meaning teams needing a quarterback could very well decide that trading up is worth it.  Considering there are multiple teams in the top ten that have a need for a QB, it's even possible that the Lions could leverage teams into giving up quite a bit for the chance to draft Bradford.  Whatever happens, the Lions are really sitting pretty at No. 2 right now.
  • Martin Mayhew and company will start getting the Lions' draft board ready this week and then make sure everybody is on the same page.  Back in the Matt Millen era one of the biggest problems was the lack of solidarity, especially when it came to the draft.  Mayhew is working to make sure that doesn't happen, and if last year is any indication, I'd say he's doing a good job.
  • Pacman Jones is not currently suspended, in case anybody was wondering about his playing status should he sign with the Lions.
  • Kentucky fullback John Connor reportedly visited the Lions yesterday.
  • The Arena Football League is back this week.
  • Phillip Buchanon signed a one-year deal with the Redskins.