As the Lions headed into free agency, they didn't rule out chasing a high-priced player, but they…
Lions Notebook: Team Eyes 3 Top Prospects
Three main candidates have emerged for the Lions to draft No. 1 overall: Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford, Baylor left tackle Jason Smith and Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry. Stafford has been atop many mock drafts, but he didn't throw at the NFL scouting combine while Smith and Curry performed impressively. Now media opinions are mixed. There is no doubt the Lions are seriously considering Stafford. He ate salmon and asparagus at Shula's Steak House in Indianapolis with president Tom Lewand, general manager Martin Mayhew, senior personnel executive Shack Harris, coach Jim Schwartz and offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. "I had a great time," Stafford said. "I really felt like I clicked well with some of the people there." Entering the combine, Andre Smith was a popular choice at left tackle. But leaving the combine, it was Jason Smith. Andre Smith was suspended for his final college game for breaking team rules, showed up for the combine out of shape and took off without...
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