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NFL Draft rumors: Lions will take Vernon Butler if he's available at 16

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According to one source, the Lions will be selecting the defensive tackle from Louisiana Tech.

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The NFL Draft is underway, but the Detroit Lions pick is still at least an hour away. However, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press released a bombshell hinting at what the Lions' pick may be:

Butler has been under the Lions' scope for some time now. He had a private workout with the Lions and met with them at the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine.

This pick makes a lot of sense for the Lions, as Detroit doesn't really have a long-term option at defensive tackle on their roster right now. Butler is the 38th-ranked prospect according to SB Nation's Dan Kadar.

Now we'll have to see if Butler is there at 16 overall.

UPDATE: While the Lions obviously did not select Butler despite him being available at 16 overall, Butler continues to insist the Lions said they would draft him:

If it is correct that the Lions told him they would select him at No. 16 if he was available:

"That’s what they said, but they say a lot of things."