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Friday, February 20, 2009
Black and Blue all over: Stafford, Lions meet

By Kevin Seifert

Posted by's Kevin Seifert

INDIANAPOLIS -- Take this for all that it's worth: On the first full day of the 2009 scouting combine, five of Detroit's key decision-makers went to dinner with Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford. The two-hour affair at a local steakhouse included:

  1. General manager Martin Mayhew
  2. President Tom Lewand
  3. Senior personnel executive James "Shack" Harris
  4. Coach Jim Schwartz
  5. Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan

Check out reports from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press, John Niyo of the Detroit News and David Birkett of the Oakland Press.

Stafford entered the combine as the consensus top pick of the draft, and the Lions are evaluating whether to take him, go the safer route with an offensive tackle or trade out of the position.

Stafford is scheduled to speak with reporters here at the combine on Friday. We'll bring you his thoughts as soon as we can.

For now, let's take a romp through the rest of the division: