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  • The Detroit Lions have been nothing if not persistent in the NFL draft.

     

    The Lions picked an offensive lineman in the first round for the fourth time in seven years. Then they took a running back in the second round 鈥?the fourth time since 2010 they've drafted a player at that position in rounds one or two. They eventually moved on to the defense Jaguars Elite Jerseys , but for Detroit, this draft was clearly an effort to improve the running game.

    "I think it's supply and demand," general manager Bob Quinn said Saturday. "Look at the board, I'd say, quite honestly, there was much, much more depth along the offensive line and at running back than there was at pass rush, and the pass rushers came off pretty early, and then there's a huge drop-off."

    Detroit picked center Frank Ragnow of Arkansas , running back Kerryon Johnson of Auburn and safety Tracy Walker of Louisiana-Lafayette on the draft's first two nights. The Lions entered Saturday with only two picks left, but they traded into the fourth round and took defensive end Da'Shawn Hand of Alabama.

    Then Detroit added offensive lineman Tyrell Crosby of Oregon in the fifth round and fullback Nick Bawden of San Diego State in the seventh.

    Crosby faced some questions about his injury history, and he wouldn't say how many concussions he's had. Neither did Quinn.

    "I don't actually know off the top of my head," Quinn said. "But he came in, another guy that had the physical at the combine Leighton Vander Esch Jersey Cowboys , passed the physical at the combine, came in here for a visit a few weeks ago, met our doctors and he's cleared."

    Some other things to know about Detroit's draft:

    KINDRED SPIRITS: The Lions made two trades with New England, moving up eight spots in the second round Friday and then trading into the fourth Saturday. That makes six trades between Detroit and the Patriots since Quinn took over the Lions after the 2015 season.

    Quinn had served in a variety of roles in player personnel for the Patriots.

    "It's really easy to work with people you know, right?" Quinn said Friday night. "You call some teams and it would take like 30 minutes to do a trade because they can't make a decision. I'm just telling you how it is. Some teams you can call and you can get it done in like 30 seconds."

    SEC FOCUS: In his three drafts, Quinn has picked eight players from the Southeastern Conference. That includes five of Detroit's six picks in the top two rounds in that span.

    "I know I'm in Big Ten country here. I'm going to tread lightly here. The SEC has a great brand of football," Quinn said. "I think when you watch SEC football, it's probably the closest thing in terms of scheme to the NFL."

    HALF-DOZEN: The Lions had only six picks in the draft this year, their fewest since they took five players in 2011.

    POSITION SWITCH: Bawden was another example of Detroit's effort to improve its running game. He actually was a quarterback at San Diego State before switching to fullback. He said he had to gain weight and started cooking his own meals. That led to a question about what he knows how to cook.

    "I can cook a chicken, like sweet potatoes, veggies, just really basic meals," he said. "I'm really looking forward to taking cooking lessons, so I can learn how to cook with all the spices Youth Daryl Worley Jersey , and all the sauces and make everything really good. But I can definitely cook for myself, but I don't know if someone else I cook for is going to love it because it's pretty plain."

    STILL NEED: The Lions didn't address their defensive front until the fourth round and didn't add any linebackers. They have a top cornerback in Darius Slay but may need to upgrade across from him. Detroit used a second-round pick last year on cornerback Teez Tabor, but he made only one start as a rookie.

    The Baltimore Ravens provided quarterback Joe Flacco with two new potential targets Wednesday, agreeing to terms with wide receivers Ryan Grant and John Brown on the first day of free agency.

     

    Addressing a position that is a top priority this offseason, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome added a pair of 27-year-olds he hopes can improve a passing attack that last year ranked 27th in the NFL.

    To help make room for the newcomers, Newsome freed an estimated $5 million in salary cap space by cutting receiver Jeremy Maclin.

    Grant has played in 64 games, including 15 starts, with the Washington Redskins. The 2014 fifth-round draft pick out of Tulane set career highs in 2017 with 45 catches for 573 yards and four touchdowns.

    Brown has played four NFL seasons, all with Arizona. Selected in the third round of the 2014 draft, Brown has 173 career catches for 2,515 yards and 17 TDs.

    The contracts are pending the passing of physicals. Grant reportedly received a four-year contract and Brown agreed to a one-year pact.

    The Ravens are counting on Grant to continue the improvement he showed last season. Though he has never had a 100-yard receiving game and has scored only six career touchdowns, he ranked second on the Redskins in 2017 in catches and TD receptions.

    Brown's best season was in 2015, when he had 65 catches for 1,003 yards and seven scores.

    After a season in which Baltimore's wideouts totaled 11 touchdown receptions http://www.buccaneersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-vita-vea-jersey , the team made no secret of its desire to bolster the receiving corps.

    "We will be exploring all options in free agency and in the draft for targets for Joe (Flacco)," owner Steve Bisciotti said.

    That was a focus last season, too, but Maclin did not live up to expectations.

    Baltimore signed Maclin as a free agent in June, hopeful the accomplished pass catcher would regain the form he showed in 2015 with Kansas City, when he had 87 catches for 1,088 yards and eight touchdowns.

    But Maclin missed two games with a shoulder injury, two more with knee issues, and finished with only 40 catches for 440 yards and three touchdowns.

    That, along with the poor performance of 2015 first-round pick Breshad Perriman (10 catches, 77 yards, no TDs), left the Ravens looking for speed outside after finishing 9-7 and missing the playoffs for a third straight season.

    Mike Wallace, who had 52 catches for a team-high 748 yards in 2017 Cheap Sebastian Janikowski Jersey , became a free agent Wednesday. It is unclear whether the Ravens will attempt to bring him back the 31-year-old, nine-year pro.

    Newsome's pursuit of top-tier free agent receivers has been hindered by a tight salary cap, which likely contributed to Allen Robinson and Sammy Watkins signing with other teams.

    In an effort to free up salary-cap space, Newsome earlier this week cut running back Danny Woodhead and did not pick up the option on right tackle Austin Howard.

    Maclin, Woodhead and Howard were all acquired before the 2017 season.

    Also on Wednesday, the Ravens extended tenders to seven exclusive-rights free agents, the most notable running back Alex Collins, the team's leading rusher last year. The players still have to sign their tenders, but cannot negotiate with any other teams.

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