Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Even though the combine is ostensibly about the college prospects, that's only part of the action.
With every GM, coach, and almost every owner in one concentrated area for a long weekend, the combine serves as the breeding ground for draft trade talks.
It could be as simple as meting out how interested Team X might be in trading into the 10th spot, or what player(s) might pique enough interest to take those preliminary talks to the consummation stage.
The downtown Indianapolis steakhouses and taverns will host plenty of this sort of back-channel, unofficial chatter. Hotel lobbies and coffee shops will feature many hush-hush draft hypothetical scenarios.
While nothing official or concrete will be hammered out, laying the groundwork is important. So is gauging what other teams are trying to buy or sell their draft slots. NFL teams are far more adroit at this than the media likes to credit them for being.
If the Lions do ultimately trade out of the 10th pick, or make a move with later picks, it's a fair assumption that the seeds for that maneuver were planted at the combine.
As an example, the Lions once traded for Chris Houston shortly after the combine. That was a deal that was no doubt birthed in Indianapolis.