Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com makes an important point about the impact of Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen on Detroit's draft status.
No, the Lions aren't interested in drafting Clausen a year after selecting Matthew Stafford at No. 1 overall. But Clausen represents the Lions' best chance to trade down out of the No. 2 overall pick, allowing them to accumulate additional picks to re-stock their roster.
It would be much more likely for a team to trade up for a quarterback than it would be for any of the elite defensive tackles that will be available at No. 2 overall. That's the nature of the game. So it's in the Lions' best interest to hope that at least one team -- Washington? Seattle? Cleveland? -- falls in love with Clausen and decides it can't leave the draft without him. With St. Louis apparently poised to select Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, the Lions' No. 2 overall pick is the first place to guarantee Clausen's availability.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Lions safety Louis Delmas would be all for signing free-agent cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones, writes Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.
Chicago chairman Michael McCaskey began singing the Bears' fight song in the lobby of the NFL owners meeting, writes Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times in this profile.
There is a buzz that the Bears could trade up into the second round of the draft, writes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
It appears that Rutgers offensive tackle Anthony Davis won't be available at Green Bay's No. 23 overall pick, writes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Minnesota vice president Rick Spielman attended Texas' pro day Wednesday, notes Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune.