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Lions notes: Detroit reportedly targeting George Iloka in free agency

Today's notes looks at some early free agency rumors and finishes up notes on the NFL Combine.

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  • According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the Detroit Lions are looking to pursue former Bengals safety George Iloka in free agency. Iloka was a three-year starter in Cincinnati with five career interceptions. 

  • NESN went over the New England Patriotslinebacker drafting habits. One particular trend emerges: the Patriots like their linebackers big. With the Lions in the market for linebacker and a former Patriots' scout Bob Quinn now running the show in Detroit, look for the Lions to continue this trend. 

  • Former Lions coaches Jim and Jeremiah Washburn have found new jobs with the Miami Dolphins. Jim Washburn will reunite with former Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh

  • Ryan Broyles, former Lions receiver, is still preaching financial responsibility to NFL players:
  • SB Nation's own Dan Kadar has a brand-new mock draft. Kadar mocks Louisville defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins to the Lions. Check out the entire mock here

  • Tony Oden, the Lions current defensive backs coach, helped out with NFL Combine drills on Monday:
  • Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel gathered the opinions of anonymous scouts on 50 prospects for the 2016 NFL Draft. Here's a snippet: 
    Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama: 6-3, 307. Played two seasons of junior college before starting two seasons for Crimson Tide. "I didn't realize how well he ran until he chased down (Carson) Wentz in the Senior Bowl," one scout said. "I'd take him (mid-first round) and not look back. You don't see his pass rush but I think he can. I think he can play nose, too." Finished with 6½ sacks and 21½ tackles for loss. "He doesn't thrill me," another scout said. "He's a nose tackle. Maybe somebody will get fired up on him. Not a pass-rush guy."

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