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Lions start signing draft picks

Theo Riddick, .J. Mosley AP

The Bears were the first NFC North team to sign any of their draft picks, but they’ve got some company on the list now.

Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Lions have agreed to contracts with four members of their draft class. They signed a pair of sixth-round picks — wide receiver Corey Fuller and running back Theo Riddick (pictured) — and a pair of seventh-round choices — tight end Michael Williams and linebacker Brandon Hepburn — to four-year deals.

All four of the rookies will get their first chance to impress coaches at this weekend’s three-day rookie minicamp. The Lions got all but one member of their draft class signed before the minicamp last year with first-round tackle Riley Reiff taking until July to get a deal done.

We’ll see how long it takes to get a deal done with defensive end Ziggy Ansah this year, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see the rest of the draftees signed up quickly once again.

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5 Responses to “Lions start signing draft picks”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: May 8, 2013 4:33 PM

    Good… they need the money to start hiring laywers….

  2. unbiasfan says: May 8, 2013 4:52 PM

    You mean signing their inmates??

  3. fourthandafoot says: May 9, 2013 3:22 AM

    Corey Fuller in the 6th round was a true steal. I had him rated at 91 overall. He outshined the established starters on his college team and by 2014 could be a really good #2 WR for Detroit.

  4. b8matt says: May 9, 2013 10:09 AM

    Warford was another steal in the 3rd round, to the point the Rams were considering taking him in the 1st!

    Overall a great draft with some great prospects.

  5. footballfather says: May 9, 2013 12:16 PM

    The Rams were not actually considering drafting Warford in the 1st round. The Rams were targeting 3 players early, and Warford was one of them. But their strategy was such that if Warford was their only target left at that point, then they were going to trade down to take him late in the 2nd round. Either way, Warford looks like a dominant run-blocking G who could help the Lions right away.

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