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Jeff Risdon, DLD Editor
I’m going to lay out a couple of presumptions to help stage the picks. Luke Joeckel, Geno Smith, Sheldon Richardson, and Star Lotulelei (not necessarily in that order) will all be off the board by the time the Lions pick at five. I actually feel boldly confident in that statement despite it still being before the Combine. This scenario also is based on my guess, and it’s just a guess, that free agents Cliff Avril, DeAndre Levy, and Louis Delmas will be back but Chris Houston, Gosder Cherilus, and Justin Durant will not. That is just my idle speculation, and anyone who advises you that they know who will be back and who will not is simply guessing at this point as well; I talked to the agent of one of those players over the weekend and he advised me he has yet to talk to ANY team about his client beyond an assurance from one team (not the Lions) that they will talk about him while at the Combine.
This reflects my personal choices and does not intend to predict what decisions the Lions staff will actually make in April.