WEEK IN REVIEW: NFL Scouting Combine Re-cap

Posted Mar 1, 2014

Tim Twentyman and Mike O'Hara spent five days in Indianapolis scouting out NFL Draft prospects

The NFL Scouting Combine came to a close on Tuesday, and Tim Twentyman and Mike O'Hara spent five days in Indianapolis absorbing as much informaiton as possible on this year's crop of talent.

One thing in particular that they took away was that this group will make up one of the deepest drafts in recent memory, which is something that will obviously help the Lions.

Of particular interest was the crop of wide receivers, a position the Lions could look to take at No. 10, and elsewhere, in the draft.

The Lions hae made it clear that they're on a mission to find a compliment to wide receiver Calvin Johnson, and will have options available.

“We’re going to be looking for receivers that can win one-on-one battles, win one-on-one matchups and make plays down the field,” Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said.

Improving the secondary will also be a focus for Detroit in the draft and free agency, and top cornerbacks Justin Gilbert and Darqueze Dennard impressed at the combine.

However, Mayhew and co. remain positive with shaping the young group that's already on the roster, including last year's second-round pick Darius Slay, Bill Bentley, Jonte Green and Chris Greenwood.

“I think all those guys are still improving,” Mayhew said. “I think if you look at, you know, how they played as rookies or how they performed as rookies and how they played last year, that was improvement there. We want to see continued improvement from that group."

The Lions also signed long snapper Don Muhlbach to a one-year contract.

Muhlbach, who earned a Pro Bowl bid in 2012, has been a solid snapper in the league for over a decade.


Jason HansonK Jason Hanson (Photo: Gavin Smith)