Curry says he’d take less money as Lions’ No. 1 pick

On my Sirius radio show Tuesday, Wake Forest LB Aaron Curry told me he would do a pre-draft deal with the Lions for less than the $57.5 million ($30 million guaranteed) that Jake Long received from the Dolphins as the No. 1 overall draft pick last year.

All right, Detroit, you want a pre-draft deal? You got one!

Curry told me he could visualize himself lining up with Julian Peterson and Ernie Sims and getting after opposing teams. Curry also said he would feel very comfortable in the middle running that defense. As Curry described how he is exchanging text messages with Lions general manager Martin Mayhew, all I kept thinking about was how the Bears built their team around LB Brian Urlacher.

I still think the Lions will take Georgia QB Matthew Stafford with the No. 1 pick Saturday, but there will be pressure to strike a pre-draft deal now that one top-three pick is on record saying he’ll do it.

— Pat Kirwan

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