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.
“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.
“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."
Muhlbach, who earned a Pro Bowl bid in 2012, has been a solid snapper in the league for over a decade.
OTHER NOTEWORTHY ITEMS FROM THE WEEK:
- Former Lions kicker Jason Hanson, former receiver Dorne Dibble and current color analyst Jim Brandstatter were inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame Friday night.
- In honor of Black History Month, columnist Mike O'Hara shares a story from Hall of Fame tight end Charlie Sander's past.
- Sanders said had he not heard an off-hand remark while bussing tables at a restaurant at his home in Richlands, N.C., when he was being recruited to play college football, he might have wound up playing for Wake Forest in his home state.
"A two-year-old identified me by skin color," Sanders said, shaking his head at how the slur was ingrained in one so young, "I knew then I had to get out of there."
- Could the Lions be looking to add a fullback to their offense?
- After parting ways with safety Louis Delmas, Detroit has a need to fill the position. This year's draft could offer two very different safeties.
- A first-team All-ACC selection by coaches, Kyle Fuller would love to join brother Corey in Detroit.