The team is still making minor tweaks, based on late evaluations and medical rechecks, but the Detroit Lions’ board is largely set a little more than two weeks before the NFL draft later this month, according to general manager Bob Quinn.
The Lions are slated to pick No. 20 in the first round. And while Quinn hasn’t ruled out trading up for a specific player, or down to acquire up more picks, the GM noted he has a short list of 5-6 players who should be available if the team stands pat.
Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA: It’s looking less and less likely Davenport will be available when the Lions are on the clock, but if he slides, the raw athleticism at a premium position would almost be too much to pass up. At 6-foot-6, 264 pounds, he’s got an NFL body to pair with top-end speed for his size. It might take a little time to coach him up to his full potential, but with decent depth on the edge, the Lions are in position to bring him along at his own pace.
Neither really mattered to the Cowboys, though, as they reportedly released Bryant without even asking him to take less money.
The Lufkin native did not take kindly to the unceremonious departure from the town just two hours away from his childhood home. He also didn’t like the narrative the team pushed before it let him go.
“I’m tired of being the scapegoat. I’m a real guy. I’m going to keep proving that on and off the field,” he told NFL Network.
It is unclear what team Bryant is looking to join, but the Eagles are certainly a possibility for the former first-round pick. The Giants look to have their wide receiving corps set, and it has been reported the Redskins do not have interest in signing the former Cowboys wide receiver.
So if Bryant wants to stay in the division, it would appear the Eagles would be the team he would most likely join. We’ll see how it plays out in the coming months.