Lions Draft Options Open, But Edwards An Interest

Lions general manager Matt Millen gave a sort of the state of the team message to the media yesterday. Millen is still looking for playmakers in April's NFL draft but believes the Lions are faster and have improved their skill level to the point where they can contend. Much more inside, including new team moves, comments and more.

ALLEN PARK - Lions general manager Matt Millen gave a sort of the state of the team message to the media yesterday. Millen is still looking for playmakers in April's NFL draft but believes the Lions are faster and have improved their skill level to the point where they can contend.

Coupled with the team's success in free agency, Millen says he has a lot of flexibility heading into April's NFL draft.

"We have more choices because we have fewer and fewer holes [in the roster]," said Millen. "We can move up, we can move back, but I like the position we're at. I can name 15 guys who can help us."

However, when it comes to "playmakers", Millen is willing to move up in the draft to try to get one. "I wouldn't mind moving up, I wouldn't mind moving back. But if 'the guy' is there, heck, I'm all for it,'' he said.

That guy could be Michigan wide receiver Braylon Edwards.

Edwards is the kind of playmaker who can change the game. He showed his tremendous talent by almost single-handedly dealing Michigan State a crushing defeat after the Spartans had built a huge lead. Edwards caught three second-half touchdown passes, including two stunning circus catches to beat back MSU's challenge.

Millen is aware of what Edwards brings to the table.

"I went to the workout (Pro Day at University of Michigan) and I didn't care what [40 time] he ran. All I watched was how he ran, not how fast. I went there just to watch his movement, how he got in and out of the breaks. Put the tape in, he's the whole game. The guy is a player and whoever drafts him will be very pleased with him," Millen raved.

Still, careful not to paint himself into a corner, Millen added that Detroit would look at all their options in the draft. The Lions would likely have to move up three or four positions in order to have an opportunity at Edwards, but after losing Charles Rogers to season ending injury two seasons in a row makes it worth considering.

The Detroit president and general manager believes that his team has more overall speed and talent since he began his tenure five seasons ago.

"I don't think we're exceptional, but if you take a step back and look at the big picture, this is where we're at. We have increased our team speed to the point we're one of the faster teams in the league offensively and defensively. I think we've increased our talent level, our skill level,'' Millen stated.

INSIDE SLANT - Millen confirmed that the Lions have received league approval to sport a new, much rumored black jersey on two dates this season. The look is said to be similar of the Carolina Panthers, but to Millen, it reminds him of his old pro team.

"I just think it looks great," Millen said "You're allowed to have that jersey. We've got the blue-and-silver-and-white, and we added just that little piping of black. I think it looks great."

He also confirmed that all three injured playmakers, Charles Rogers, Boss Bailey and Roy Williams are recovering well and expected to be at full strength for the start of training camp in July.

Defensive tackle Marcus Bell agreed to terms on a three-year deal. Bell is expected to eventually supplant Dan Wilkinson as the team's starting left tackle opposite Shaun Rogers.

Lions wide receiver Roy Williams will appear on ClearChannel's WDFN to give opinion and analysis on the station during the drive time hour.

The Lions will hold a draft-day party for fans at Ford Field from 11:00am to 4:00pm Saturday, April 23. Tickets will be $6 and fans can watch the draft unfold on the big screen televisions and monitors in the stadium.

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