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Lions take Alabama's Clinton-Dix, Nebraska's Jean-Baptiste in Kiper's new mock draft

The Lions will take Alabama defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Mel Kiper Jr. predicts in his latest mock draft. Michael Conroy / Associated Press

Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is the Lions' first-round pick (No. 10) in the latest mock draft, version 4.0, by ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. Kiper projects the Lions selecting Nebraska cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste at No. More

Lions coach Jim Caldwell doesn't think players union 'has a place in college football'

Asked about college athletes unionizing during an appearance in Detroit on Wednesday, Lions coach Jim Caldwell said, 'I don't think, personally, that it has a place in college football. I don't know if there's a fit there.' Daniel Mears / Detroit News

Growing up as the son of a General Motors worker, Lions coach Jim Caldwell is a supporter of unions. However, when a student asked Caldwell's opinion on college athletes unionizing, the first-year Lions coach was less supportive. More

CFL team signs ex-NFL star Chad Johnson to 2-year contract

Chad Ochocinco attended the Montreal Alouettes' minicamp this week in Florida. Elsa / Getty Images

Former NFL star Chad Johnson is heading to the Canadian Football League. The 36-year-old receiver has signed a two-year contract with the Montreal Alouettes. More

Lions coach Jim Caldwell, sports stars reach out to Detroit teens

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell talks with Hakeem Weatherspoon after Caldwell spoke to a group of high school athletes Wednesday at the UAW-Ford Center. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

Lions coach Jim Caldwell tested the comprehension skills of the about 300 student-athletes from Detroit high schools at the end of his 30-minute speech Wednesday night. More

Potential No. 1 pick Jadeveon Clowney visits with Lions

Although there is an infinitesimal chance Jadaveon Clowney falls to the Lions' first selection at No. 10, they have proven during the pre-draft process they'll leave no stone unturned as they search for prospects who can help immediately. Mary Ann Chastain / Associated Press

The freakishly athletic Clowney is widely considered the best player in the draft and a likely candidate to be the No. 1 overall pick by the Houston Texans, despite their need for a quarterback. More

Wednesday's NFL roundup: RB Chris Johnson lands with Jets

New York Jets signed the former Titans running back Chris Johnson Wednesday a little over a week after he was officially released by Tennessee on April 7. Wade Payne / Associated Press

The New York Jets signed the former Titans running back Wednesday, a little over a week after he was officially released by Tennessee. More

Report: South Carolina star DE Jadeveon Clowney to visit Lions

Jadeveon Clowney is a fast, powerful 6-6 defensive end from South Carolina. Scott Halleran / Getty Images

South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, the near-consensus pick as the No. 1 player in the NFL draft, reportedly will visit the Lions. More

Monday's NFL roundup: Alex Mack is OK being with Browns again

Browns center Alex Mack sports a casual look as he meets the Cleveland media after the Browns matched an offer sheet he signed. Mark Duncan / Associated Press

Relieved a whirlwind few weeks are behind him, the Pro Bowl center said he's looking forward to focusing on football and a day when the Browns stabilize into a consistent winner. More

Grand Valley State wide receiver Brandan Green vies for scouts' eyes

'I never doubt myself,' said running back Jaamal Berry, who spent two years Murray State. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

Growing up in Linden, Brandan Green remembers going to Lions games at the beginning of wide receiver Calvin Johnson's career at Ford Field. And on Sunday at the NFL Super Regional Combine, Green took to the same field hoping to convince scouts to give him a chance to chase his dreams. More

Stephfon Green hopes Ford Field combine gets him back in the NFL

Running back Stephon Green pulls in a reception during drills at the NFL Super Regional Combine at Ford Field on Saturday. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

After performing well in the regional combine, Green earned an invitation to the super regional combine in Detroit, and Saturday he tried to impress scouts from all 32 teams. More

NFL prospect carries memory of his late friend with him

Demareo Marr, who is seeking tryouts with NFL teams, works out on the long jump. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

Demareo Marr already knew his buddy and fellow University of Mississippi football player Bennie Abram wasn't in good shape. They were training together during summer workouts when Abram collapsed. More

Lions claim, sign former Bills LB-DE Kourtnei Brown

Kourtnei Brown went undrafted out of Clemson. Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images

The Lions are leaving no stones unturned in their efforts to find pass rushers. On Friday they were awarded defensive end-linebacker Kourtnei Brown off waivers from Buffalo. More

Lions' James Ihedigbo brings a champion's work ethic to early conditioning sessions

The Lions signed James Ihedigbo to start at safety opposite Glover Quin. Win McNamee / Getty Images

You don't just join a new team and declare yourself a leader, and Ihedigbo certainly understands that. He knows there are leaders already in place, like Stephen Tulloch and Ndamukong Suh on the defensive side. More

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick defends reputation

Colin Kaepernick put out a statement on his Twitter account Friday, a day after his name was linked to a Miami police report involving a woman who passed out in a hotel and later woke up in a hospital not knowing how she got there. Matt Slocum / Associated Press

Kaepernick put out a statement on his Twitter account Friday, a day after his name was linked to a Miami police report involving a woman who passed out in a hotel and later woke up in a hospital not knowing how she got there. More

Matthew Stafford: I can get better, and so can entire Lions team

Matthew Stafford: 'There is definitely room for improvement, not only for myself, but for the team.' Daniel Mears / Detroit News

Matthew Stafford sat back this offseason and watched the Lions hire Jim Caldwell, partly because of the work he did with quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Joe Flacco. He watched them hire offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, partly because of his work with quarterback Drew Brees. More

Lions' Matthew Stafford keeps focus, and hat, in right direction — forward

Former Bears coach Mike Ditka and ex-Giants quarterback Phil Simms were among the prominent voices chastising him for the backward-hat look on the sidelines and during postgame interviews last season, calling it unprofessional and disrespectful, among other things. More

Colin Kaepernick among three players named in police report, not charged

A Miami Police Department report released Thursday does not charge 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick with any crime. Christian Petersen / Getty Images

Three NFL players are named in a police report involving a woman who passed out in a hotel and later woke up in a hospital not knowing how she got there, though no one has been charged with a crime, authorities said Thursday. More

Lions host WR prospect Sammy Watkins, though they'd have to trade up to get him

Former Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins is widely considered the best pass-catcher in the draft. Joe Robbins / Getty Images

The Lions can't hide their infatuation with the former Clemson receiver. Tuesday, the Lions hosted Watkins for one of their 30 allotted pre-draft visits, taking one more look at the 20-year-old widely considered the best pass-catching prospect in a draft loaded with talented receivers. More

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