Lions front office breaks bread with Stafford

St. Elmo’s Steak House isn’t the only place in downtown Indianapolis to get a good meal and hobnob with NFL brass during the combine.

Every table was full Thursday night at Shula’s Steakhouse, including a table in the back room where Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford was dining with a contingency from the Detroit Lions — new coach Jim Schwartz, team president Tom Lewand, GM Martin Mayhew, and senior VP/communications Bill Keenist.

Now before you go jumping to conclusions about what the Lions might be doing with the first overall pick in the draft, keep in mind this is just the first of many informal get-togethers the Lions have planned with several of the top prospects.

And just to add to the name-dropping: Dining at the table next to the Lions and Stafford was NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and league executive Pete Abitante.

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