Morning Roar: Get ready for the combine

Good morning and ROOOOAAARRR!!!!

The first prospects started trickling in Tuesday night -- including center Gabe Ikard, a potential Detroit Lions target -- and downtown Indianapolis will become a hotbed of football prospects, coaches, scouts, agents and media over the next week.

There will be a lot of things covered throughout the next week and by the end of it, some clarity should emerge about the direction Detroit plans to take in free agency and the draft.

But remember, there is still a long way between now and the NFL draft in May, so keep an eye on things, but know there is still a lot of room for potential projections to change.

We'll have a fuller Lions primer on the site later Wednesday and I'll be traveling for most of the day down to Indianapolis, but we'll be on site over the next few days. If there is anyone you want to hear from, drop that in the comments or reach out on Twitter @mikerothstein.

And now, a look at other Lions news from around the Interwebs:

The latest Meet the Free Agent -- offensive tackle Jason Fox. A different view on Lions team needs.

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press looks at the positives and negatives of using the franchise tag on Brandon Pettigrew.

Justin Rogers of MLive projects what a long contract for Joique Bell might cost.

Pride of Detroit does a good job breaking down Detroit's need for dollars for a rookie pool and SideLion Report looks at free-agent wide receivers the Lions could look at.