Take this with a grain of salt or two, but KFFL is reporting that the Detroit Lions are negotiating with the player they plan to draft first overall this year. And who is that player you ask?
If negotiations go well, that puts the Rams on the clock. It also narrows our choices, making Eugene Monroe the only possible LT we would draft at #2. Of course, Devaney and Co. could still go another route and draft LB Aaron Curry or, well, anyone else that may be on their draft board behind Smith.
The news represents a meteoric rise in Smith's draft stock. Going into the Combine he was widely considered to be on the fringe of the top group of left tackles.
[Note by VanRam, 03/23/09 10:32 AM EDT ] It's probably best to take this news with a grain of salt. The Lions could very well be negotiating with several candidates they'd select with the top pick.