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Week in Review: All things Lions' draft, position battles and reaching the community

Posted May 4, 2013

As the dust settled on the 2013 draft, detroitlions.com had plenty of analysis as well as off-the-field coverage of humanitarian efforts by some of the team's best players

The Detroit Lions took a collective deep breath at the outset of this week as the dust settled on this year's draft.

Nine players and many undrafted rookie free agents later, head coach Jim Schwartz and his coaching staff shifted focus to the current players participating in the offseason program.

This week marked the beginning of Phase 2 of the offseason program in which coaches are permitted onto the field during workouts.

All drills are limited to individual player and instruction. In other words, no opposition is permitted (e.g. cornerbacks cannot cover wide receivers) and no helmets are allowed.

The Lions say they have seen strong participation this offseason. General manager Martin Mayhew said before the draft that he guessed the team was "in the 85-to-90 percent range."

Running back Joique Bell told Tim Twentyman he believes a high number of players are not only present, but have a new resolve after a disappointing 4-12 season.

Next weekend (May 10-12), the Lions will hold their annual Rookie Mini-Camp attended by draft picks, free agent signings and try-out players. The first organized training activity (OTA) will take place May 21.

OFF THE FIELD

ALL THINGS LIONS DRAFT

With some time to breathe following the chaos of draft weekend, Tim Twentyman and Mike O'Hara offered plenty of analysis regarding the Lions' 2013 draft class and how it impacts the roster as a whole.

POSITIONS TO WATCH

Make sure you stay tuned to detroitlions.com this weekend for great stories from lead writer Tim Twentyman regarding position-by-position battles and a feature from staff wtier Tara Altman regarding Jason Fox's development heading into 2013.

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