LIONS INSIDER

Matthew Stafford keeps up with the draft process

Posted Apr 13, 2014

Matthew Stafford is excited for young talent to join the team through the NFL Draft, but will he share who he thinks the Lions will pick?

It’s still almost a month until the Lions add a number of young, talented players to their roster via the NFL Draft. When that talent finally does get added May 8, 9 and 10, there’s a good chance quarterback Matthew Stafford will know exactly what he's getting.

Matthew StaffordQB Matthew Stafford (Photo: Gavin Smith)

Stafford, like a lot of veteran players, says he keeps up with the draft process and the pre-draft visits and all the mock drafts just like the fans do.

“I don’t know about everyone else, but the second the season is over, I give myself about a week and then I start looking at YouTube clips of guys who are coming out,” Stafford said.

Stafford says his interest isn’t confined to just the draft, either. He’s very involved with general manager Martin Mayhew and the front office in the free-agent process as well.

“I’m always wanting to know who’s going to be an available free agent and talking to our front office just trying to get a beat on who’s out there and who’s a possibility,” he said.

The draft, however, is especially fun for Stafford.

“I think guys follow it,” he said. “It’s an exciting time of year. You’re going to get a talented kid that you don’t really know a whole lot about. You get an NFL free agent and you can go back and watch tape on him in the league and say, ‘Okay, this is what you’re going to get with this guy.’

“But a kid coming from college straight into the pros is a whole different process. It’s kind of fun being on the other end of the stick. This now being my sixth year coming up and being able to help bring along a young guy -- I’m looking forward to that as much as anyone else.”

So, obviously, the question had to be asked of Stafford. Whom are the Lions drafting?

“I wish I could tell you,” he said with a smile. “I don’t know. I guess it depends who’s sitting there at No. 10.”

Are you sure it’s No. 10?

“I’m not sure of anything,” he said.