- Michael Rothstein, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Lions, lying in wait for the new year...
This is the time of year where the intensity of free agency begins to slow down just as coaches need to start traveling and making rounds to various college campuses around the country to evaluate prospects.
That obviously includes the Detroit Lions, who had sent scouts and head coach Jim Caldwell to Florida State on Tuesday, according to colleague Jared Shanker.
Brooks is the No. 5 safety in the draft and the No. 70 player overall according to ESPN, while Joyner is the No. 6 cornerback and No. 35 player overall. The biggest issue for Joyner would be his size as he's 5-foot-8. Brooks, at 5-foot-10 7/8, would be somewhat short for a safety but defensive coordinator Teryl Austin has experience with that before working with Ed Reed in Baltimore.
Of course, having Caldwell there likely means the team was at least watching Florida State's two biggest prospects, defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (No. 30 overall) and 6-foot-5 wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (No. 36 overall).
Benjamin would be an intriguing target should he still be around for the Lions in the second round, although Shanker wrote that Benjamin made a first-round case Tuesday.
And now, a look around the Interwebs for other Lions news.
Tom Lewand expects Detroit to make the playoffs this year, writes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Kyle Meinke from MLive looks at what is next for Detroit in free agency.