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Lions ink draft picks Larry Warford, Darius Slay to 4-year contracts

5/10/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

Like most NFL teams the Detroit Lions are also in a rush to get their 2013 NFL draft class under contract by the end of this week. To aid that process, the Detroit Lions agreed to terms with a pair of their draft picks on Thursday. Guard Larry Warford and cornerback Darius Slay signed four-year rookie contracts with the team.
 
Initially projected as a potential first-round choice, Larry Warford slid through the first two rounds so that the Detroit Lions could pick him up with the 65th overall pick in the third round. The Detroit Lions selected Darius Slay in the second-round of last month’s draft.
 
Darius Slay signed for a $ 5 million deal, with $2.9 million signing bonus, which was later confirmed by his agent as well. However, details of Larry Warford’s contract were not immediately known.
 
There were some post-draft speculations where the Detroit Lions were expected to draft  tackle in the first round, but the team  opted to address their pass rush needs by taking defensive end Ezekiel Ansah with the fifth overall pick. And then after they draft Darius Slay, the Detroit Lions decided to go after upgrading their offensive line by taking Larry Warford.
 
The Detroit Lions hope to get all nine of their draft picks under contract this week with the possible exception of Ezekiel Ansah. They’ve already gotten two sixth round picks – receiver Corey Fuller and running back Theo Reddick – as well as two seventh round picks – tight end Michael Williams and linebacker Brandon Hepburn under contract on Wednesday.
 
Besides Ezekiel Ansah, only fourth round pick Devin Taylor and fifth round pick Sam Martin remain unsigned.
 
Unsigned rookies are still expected to participate in rookie minicamp which begins on Friday, though they may have to sign a waiver.
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