The Lions are on the clock

January, 7, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Detroit fans, start your engines.

(Did you like the industrial metaphor? Thanks. I'll be here all week.)

The Lions' perch atop this April's draft will be a regular source of news and discussion here on the Black and Blue blog this winter. So let's get to it: Things got pretty interesting Wednesday with the news that Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford is expected to enter the draft. Stafford is the top draft-eligible prospect, according to ESPN analyst Mel Kiper, but he could be supplanted by Oklahoma's Heisman Trophy winner, Sam Bradford.

Bradford plays for the national championship Thursday night and should make his intentions known shortly thereafter.

We've discussed the possibility of the Lions trading out of the top spot in order to fill more needs around the roster. But unless and until they do, we'll cover the No. 1 pick as if the Lions are on the clock. And in either event, the Lions will have a chance to remake their roster dramatically; they also own the No. 20 overall pick from the Roy Williams trade.

Our draft page is up and running on the newly redesigned ESPN.com. You'll notice Scouts Inc. rates Bradford the No. 2 overall prospect and puts Stafford at No. 7. Scouts' lead analyst, Todd McShay, has the Lions taking Bradford in his most recent mock draft. (Yes! It's never too early to do a mock draft. That's what I always say.)

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