NFL Owners Meetings began today in New Orleans, giving Head Coach Jim Schwartz and Team President Tom Lewand an opportunity to talk about the team and where it is headed.
Currently, Schwartz and the front office are in the midst of hosting visits from draft prospects. Last week, Detroitlions.com confirmed the visits of CB Prince Amukamara (Nebraska), DE Cameron Jordan (UCLA), LB Bruce Carter (North Carolina), C Mike Pouncey (Florida), DE Greg Romeus (Pittsburgh) and WR Torrey Smith (Maryland).
Said Schwartz of the player visits, “A lot of guys we have to check where their physicals are, that’s really the No. 1 reason we’re bringing (them) in.”
Player visits are all part of the overall picture that also includes: “What they do in game tape in the fall, what they do at the combine, what they do at the all-star game, what their pre-draft physicals look like, their interviews at the combine, our discussions with the players going forward (and) their personal workout days,” said Schwartz.
Despite not having players in the building, the coaching staff is still busy with draft preparation.
“Coaches are always going to find ways to fill their time and it just puts more emphasis on our draft preparation,” said Schwartz.
As draft preparation continues, free agency remains on hold.
How the team is approaching that, said Lewand, is to be ready for any scenario that may arise.
Lewand: “We’re as ready as we can be for every contingency that we can foresee at this point. We’ve been planning that way for a long time now. I think whatever the rules dictate, we’ll be ready to go; whatever those are, we’ll adjust. Consistent with our philosophy to have a plan based on whatever rules are in place, and in formulating that plan, be ready for as many different possible outcomes, as many different possible permutations of the rules as we can and then be ready to go.”
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