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NFL Draft 2011 Notes: Jimmy Smith's Character Concerns Come To The Forefront

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  • Quick note on Pride of Detroit's coverage of the 2011 NFL Draft: Today, Friday and Saturday there will be open threads, write-ups on draft picks/trades and plenty more coverage of this year's draft (which will also extend into next week). There will be a lot of content to sort through, so I suggest bookmarking POD's archives page. That provides a look at all of the stories that have been written and also shows how many new comments have appeared since you last visited. It is a great resource to quickly get caught up on everything.
  • In case you missed WXYZ's draft special, they have uploaded some clips online.
  • As mentioned in a FanShot yesterday, former Lions defensive end Jason Hunter was stabbed in Detroit. His girlfriend allegedly was responsible for the stabbing and Detroit Police temporarily took her into custody. She was not arraigned of charges for felonious assault because Hunter didn't want to pursue the matter.
  • The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Bob McGinn spoke with a number of executives and scouts about Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith. In doing so, McGinn discovered the specifics of Smith's character concerns, which include "two abortions, aggravated assault, two minors in possession (and) three failed drug tests."

    Obviously there is a risk with picking Smith, but I trust Martin Mayhew to make the right decision. If Mayhew feels Smith is worth picking, then Smith could be a Lion come this time tomorrow. If that happens, I trust the decision based on how much homework Mayhew has done. Mayhew won't pick Smith unless he has faith that this wouldn't be too risky of a move.

For more coverage of the 2011 NFL Draft (i.e. NFL mock drafts, draft projections, scouting reports, the full NFL Draft schedule, etc.), check out Mocking The Draft, SB Nation's NFL Draft hub, SB Nation Detroit's NFL Draft StoryStream and Pride Of Detroit's 2011 NFL Draft archive.