Lions will control Stafford’s workout today

After two months of courting, Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions finally will have some alone time.

Today, the Lions are holding a private workout with the quarterback, whom most believe will be the team’s choice for the No. 1 overall pick in next month’s NFL draft. The Lions looked at Stafford during last month’s combine and at this month’s University of Georgia pro day, but as The Detroit News points out, there are advantages to seeing the QB all by themselves:

    Well, unlike the scripted pro-day workouts, the would-be employer — specifically offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and quarterbacks coach Jeff Horton today — actually gets to call the shots. In short, they can take him out of his comfort zone and see how he reacts, force the American Idol to sing a different tune.
    “We can direct it,” coach Jim Schwartz said. “We can tell him exactly what to do on a play. We can make him throw into the wind. We can say, ‘Hey, these are the throws we want to see.’ When somebody else is scripting it, they can accentuate a positive. I can’t sing, but probably a good producer could put me in a studio and at least hide it a little bit.”

Charles Davis, Jamie Dukes and Steve Wyche have Stafford going to the Lions in their NFL.com mock drafts, but Pat Kirwan disagrees, saying Detroit will take Baylor OT Jason Smith.

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