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Lions Sunday Mailbag: Who has a future in the front office?

We took a lot of personnel-related questions in Saturday's Lions Mailbag, and there were some broader and lighter questions this week as well, so we'll answer some of those now.

And yes, there's some football in here, too.

Remember, there won't be a Lions Mailbag next weekend during Memorial Day. It will return following the first organized team activity of the year this month.

Now, on to your questions.

@mikerothstein: This is a really interesting question to me since I've found that some players want to be completely done with football when their playing days are over, some want to go into coaching, some into broadcasting and a few into management. Though not every player can have the billion dollar aspirations of former Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, a bunch of Detroit players could have front office futures. Glover Quin, to me, would be a natural because of the way he dissects the game, but he somewhat indicated this offseason that going into the front office in the future would not really interest him. A guy I'd really look at is Matthew Stafford. For all the criticism he might get, Stafford is extremely shrewd and exceedingly intelligent. He could be a guy who could have a post-NFL career similar to that of John Elway. He also seems to have the personality for it as well. So that would be who I would pick. Other guys that popped into my head: Kellen Moore and James Ihedigbo.

@mikerothstein: That's an interesting question because position flexibility is a big thing for GM Martin Mayhew when it comes to the offensive line. It's part of what made Garrett Reynolds so attractive to Detroit last season. Not sure if Michael Williams can play guard or not -- he's still transitioning from tight end to offensive tackle -- but if he were able to show some ability there, that would help him immensely. I think Cornelius Lucas and LaAdrian Waddle are too big to be interior linemen, so Williams would be the only other guy I could think of to double-train there. That said, if I'm the Lions I want to see him be a consistent tackle before I think about having him as an emergency guard.

@mikerothstein: The Thanksgiving game is pretty similar to a normal Sunday for me other than having to leave Ann Arbor a bit earlier to get to Ford Field because of the earlier game time, potential for traffic and the parade downtown. In 2013, the weather was so atrocious it got pretty dicey driving in. Otherwise, it's fairly standard. Yes, there is turkey and some other food in the press box before the game. Since I don't have family in the area -- my dad flew in last year from New York -- I don't worry about the traditional Thanksgiving with the family that day. I actually enjoy covering a game on Thanksgiving.

@mikerothstein: In a short answer, yes. I think safety Harrison Smith is one of the most underrated players in the league. Anthony Barr could be a star this season at linebacker for Minnesota, and the Vikings' defensive line is pretty strong. The potential for Trae Waynes is high -- but as with all rookie cornerbacks, there are going to be some major learning moments along the way. Minnesota was smart, though. The NFC North has some dynamic offenses featuring one of the top three quarterbacks (Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers), top five running backs (Minnesota's Adrian Peterson and Chicago's Matt Forte) and the top wide receiver (Calvin Johnson) in the NFL. Every team in the division should load up on defense having to deal with that.

@mikerothstein: The Lions do a really good job with this event for the fans. Almost every player is available in a pretty comfortable setting to sign autographs, take pictures and just hang out. The players also end up mingling throughout the crowd a good portion of the night trying various cuisines. Ben Manges, the team's director of corporate communications who helps put on the event, does a really good job with it. Every team in the league should do something like this. It's a low-pressure, fairly relaxing evening for everyone involved.