The Lions opened minicamp Friday and might have tipped their hand about what they plan to do with the No. 1 overall pick in next week’s draft.
The Detroit Free Press reports that OL Jeff Backus stayed at left tackle and told reporters after practice that there hasn’t been any discussion about him moving to guard.
If the Lions were to draft either of the top two tackles — Jason Smith or Eugene Monroe — with the No. 1 pick, the thought is that Backus would move inside to left guard. So with Backus staying at tackle, the Lions could be closing in on QB Matthew Stafford.
And not a moment too soon. Daunte Culpepper came into minicamp looking much leaner than he had, well, probably ever. Culpepper said that he was below his rookie weight of 266 pounds. However, backups Drew Stanton and Drew Henson failed to impress.