Combine: Is Staley on Detroit's radar?

Combine: Is Staley on Detroit's radar?

While the Lions have showed interest in a number of prospects, and stated publicly that they might even be in the market for a quarterback (smokescreen), there is one position they will certainly shore up with one of their first two selections: offensive tackle.

Smokescreens are prevalent at this year's combine, especially if you are holders of the No. 2 overall pick.

And that happens to be the Detroit Lions.

While the Lions have showed interest in a number of prospects, and stated publicly that they might even be in the market for a quarterback (smokescreen), there is one position they will certainly shore up with one of their first two selections: offensive tackle.

Smart money suggests that the Lions snag Wisconsin tackle Joe Thomas, whose popularity is growing after an impressive weigh-in and an even more impressive press conference. Thomas wowed the Lions during a lunch interview, and the team's interest is genuine.

But they are also not solid on Thomas at the spot, and rightfully so. A blockbuster trade could enter the fray, or a defensive end or running back could scream up the charts.

The Lions seem so set on the tackle position, however, that they even told Central Michigan University tackle Joe Staley they would take him in the second round if they do not spent their initial pick on Thomas.

Staley, who still hasn't quite recovered from a sore hamstring, won't participate in the combine activities. However, after weighing in at 6-5, 300 pounds, with a previous 40-time of 4.7 seconds (which makes him a shade faster than former WR Charles Rogers' 40-time in a recent workout for Kansas City), the quandary is this: do the Lions spend a No. 2 overall pick on Thomas, when they can get a player like Staley, who (and the film backs him up) has proclaimed he is in the same class as the big school prospects, a round later?

The Lions will continue to evaluate, interview, judge and adjust their draft board accordingly during the remainder of the week. But already, it seems, they have a plan in mind.

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