Lions might be active in supplemental draft

July, 15, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

I'm sure many of you have been eagerly awaiting Thursday's supplemental draft, that mysterious virtual event in which NFL teams make bids via e-mail for players who weren't eligible to be drafted in April.

The big name this year is Kentucky defensive lineman Jeremy Jarmon, who is projected as a defensive end who could move to tackle on passing downs in a 4-3 scheme. And as Aaron pointed out over on our red-hot Facebook page, Detroit is on the short list of Jarmon's likely landing points. (ESPN.com's John Clayton reported that news here on his Insider-only blog.)

The connection makes sense for several reasons. The Lions have been trying to upgrade their defensive line for much of the offseason, having signed nose tackle Grady Jackson and used a fourth-round pick on raw prospect Sammie Lee Hill. But they missed on veteran John Thornton, who might retire, and as of yet haven't closed a deal with veteran Kevin Carter.

The NCAA ruled Jarmon ineligible for this season after he tested positive for a banned substance. He declared for the supplemental draft last month and, according to Clayton, has fourth-round value. Any team that selects him would forfeit their corresponding pick in the April 2010 draft.

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