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Lions Free Agency Isn't Hiding Their Draft Intentions

INDIANAPOLIS - DECEMBER 06:  Kyle Vanden Bosch #93 of  the Tennessee Titans looks on during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 6, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Daniel SadlerCorrespondent IMarch 6, 2010

The Detroit Lions have been one of the more active teams in free agency, signing Kyle Vanden Bosch, Nate Burleston and trading for Corey Williams.

It isn't a coincidence that they have signed/traded for two Defensive lineman. There defense was terrible last year. There is two ways this could impact the draft.

Most  mock drafts have Sam Bradford going number one now, and the Lions taking either McCoy or Suh. These free agency moves could indicate that the Lions are 100% going to take one of these DTs to make Vanden Bosch and Williams better off the edge. Jim Schwartz had Albert Haynesworth in Tennessee and he helped make Vanden Bosch a pro bowler, Schwartz could look to add a Haynesworth type of player in the draft.

However, what I believe to be more likely is that the Lions make another splash is either free agency or through a trade and get a DT.

Schwartz claimed after signing Vanden Bosch that they are in the market for a 'big time DT.' If this is true and they do get a good DT then their option in the draft is simple, Russel Okung.

Investing so much money in Matt Stafford and having one of the worst OLs in the NFL doesn't bode well for the Lions. Okung is the top rated OL in the draft and is a good enough player to draft number two or they could trade down hoping someone will want either Suh or McCoy and get a different OL in this deep OL draft class.

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