It's NFL Combine time, ladies and gentlemen.
That means it's that special time of year when we all get to ignore everything college football players have done in hard-fought games over the last three or four years, and instead judge their draft status based on a day of non-contact drills and tangible metrics.
It may be a bit silly to measure these players' tangible skills like this when so much of football is intangible, but the NFL Combine is still one of the most important events in a draft prospect's life.
So the Detroit Lions, who have lived and died (mostly the latter) by the draft over the last decade, will be paying very close attention to the combine as well.
But to whom? There are a couple hundred players slated to visit the combine, and the Lions' brass won't be keeping close track of all of them (hint: don't look for Jim Schwartz around Cam Newton's passing drills).
I don't claim to know who the Lions' scouting department has at the top of their board, but here are 11 players I'll be scouting very closely over the next few days, with a short explanation of what I'll be watching and where I see them in the Lions' plans.
Note: This particular piece will focus solely on LBs and CBs, because if I expanded it to all positions (I was going to), it would have been far, far, too long. Maybe a second part coming soon?
Also, the slides have the players organized by position, but are not in any particular order otherwise, so don't bother with any, "I can't believe you're looking at X player higher than Y player!" comments.