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The Lions are being a little more transparent about their drafting process.

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Both the Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn and head coach Jim Caldwell have shrouded their tenure in Allen Park with secrecy. Injury news has been on lockdown since Caldwell joined the team in 2014. Quinn has put the clamps on training camp reporting, ensuring that anything resembling strategy is embargoed from reaching the public via the media.

That’s why it’s a bit surprising to hear that—for the first time ever—NFL Network will actually have cameras in the Lions’ draft war room. Via SI.com’s Richard Deitsch:

The NFL Network is a big believer in having cameras in team draft war rooms. The network will be at 20 team facilities this year, including the Browns, 49ers, Titans, Jets, Chargers, Panthers, Cardinals, Colts, Buccaneers, Broncos, Lions, Texans, Seahawks, Chiefs, Cowboys, Packers. Steelers, Falcons, Rams and Vikings.
The war room camera should give us an interesting look into the live reactions of Detroit’s front office as they make their selections throughout the draft.

But if you’re hoping for a peak at the Lions’ draft board, don’t bank on it. Teams are very careful about the placement of those cameras, and we typically don’t get much, if any, audio to go along with the video feed.

However, you may remember last year that the Lions themselves gave us a little peak into their war room after the draft had finished. They posted a video of the moment they called and selected Taylor Decker in the first round, and we even saw a blurry draft board in the background. From there, we tried taking a closer look at what the draft board revealed, though it was hard to make any clear conclusions from the video.

Regardless, it’s nice to see the Lions being a little more transparent and allowing their fans to have a little behind-the-scenes coverage on draft day.

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The Detroit Lions head into the 2017 season with no shortage of key characters and key personalities to watch who will determine how far they manage to go.

Here’s a look at the key characters to watch next season.

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Five Detroit Lions who are on the fast track to the Pro Bowl.

 

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The Detroit Lions didn’t get a single player to the Pro Bowl in 2016, but 2017 is a new year and certainly, the team has some contributors who are on the upward track toward getting that done.

Which players are on their way up as it relates to the game? Here’s five names to remember.

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1. Ezekiel Ansah, DE

It wasn’t long ago — 2015 to be exact — that Ansah worked his way into the big game with a great season. Folks forget that injuries slowed his dominance this year, as a high ankle sprain complicated matters and made it so that Ansah could not run and attack the quarterback. He’ll get back to doing that next year and put himself into the discussion.

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2. Golden Tate, WR

Tate had another 1,000 yard season and if not for a slower start to 2016, may have been in the conversation last year. There’s no reason to expect his targets to dwindle as the Lions’ top option next season, so bet on Tate being getting into the discussion and playing in an elite way next season.

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3. Sam Martin, P

Martin was beaten out last season by Johnny Hekker, but Martin’s numbers have actually been very impressive. He beat Hekker out as it related to average yardage and long punt, but the terrible Los Angeles Rams allowed their punter to have 36 more chances at booting the ball. In the future, Martin will find himself as rising star in punting circles with his constancy, and could steal the spotlight from Hekker.

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4. Darius Slay, CB

Slay arguably should have been in the mix last season what with all his game winning plays, but statistically, he’s got to work on getting more interceptions and putting up sexier numbers. Still, with some help from the pass rush and the backfield, Slay could get into the game. He seems to be on the right track.

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5. Matthew Stafford, QB

If it’s anyone who is on the verge of the Pro Bowl, it’s Stafford, who’s big numbers and elite play seem to make him a perfect candidate for the game. This season, if not for a finger injury, Stafford might have made the game on his own. It’s easy to see him being on the list for the next few seasons.

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