Lions start signing draft picks


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.