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Lions notes: Defensive ends, Matthew Stafford, more

Lions notes looks at the high expectations for Ziggy Ansah and Devin Taylor, Matthew Stafford's interest in the draft and much more.

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  • Why didn't the Detroit Lions put more of an emphasis on finding help at defensive end in free agency? They seem quite confident in Ziggy Ansah and Devin Taylor.
  • Matthew Stafford isn't too different from fans when it comes to the draft process. From the Lions' official site: "I don’t know about everyone else, but the second the season is over, I give myself about a week and then I start looking at YouTube clips of guys who are coming out."

  • Speaking of Stafford, he came in sixth on ESPN's list of the top-paid athletes in the world. Calvin Johnson also made the list at 16th.

  • Carlin Isles is still really, really fast.

  • No team rushed only four players more than the Lions in 2013.

  • Don Carey didn't do very well in the yards per coverage snap category when he played in the slot last season.

  • put together an interesting piece on the staying power of recent first-round picks.

  • Also at is a do-over of the 2010 NFL Draft. In the do-over, Ndamukong Suh went first overall to the St. Louis Rams, leaving the Lions with tight end Jimmy Graham at No. 2.

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