On the heels of admitting that they were in negotiations with a potential No. 1 pick, RoarReport.com learned Monday afternoon that the Detroit Lions are speaking with the agents of "at least" four players.
According to a source close to the situation, the Lions are talking with the agents for Baylor OT Jason Smith, Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford, Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry, and Virginia OT Eugene Monroe.
One media site insisted that the Lions will tab Smith with its No. 1 pick in late April, but that was assumed once word leaked that Smith's agent was in discussions with Detroit's front office brass.
Actually, it's very typical for a team to engage in negotiations and/or discussion with potential draftees weeks before the draft, especially if there are many options to choose from.
Because the Lions are still evaluating talent, they have yet to come upon any decided conclusion. In the event the draft board is a dead heat, a team will often choose the player that costs less. In that case, it would be Curry or a tackle, as those positions are considerably less expensive than a quarterback.
In 2006, the Houston Texans negotiated with both defensive end Mario Williams and running back Reggie Bush. Since they didn't prefer one to the other (ignoring a media blitz behind Bush), they struck a midnight deal with Williams, who came at a more reasonable rate than the flashy USC tailback.
Speaking of Southern California, the Lions will attend the school's April 1 Pro Day, which will feature Trojan quarterback Mark Sanchez.
Rumors are circulating that Sanchez (who many scouts privately feel is the best quarterback in the draft) might be passing Stafford in Detroit's draft board.