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Posted on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 : 10:34 a.m.

Lions, former Wolverines gear up for NFL combine

By Dave Birkett

The NFL combine begins in earnest today and four former Wolverines are invited.

Brandon Graham, the most notable of the group, is ranked the draft's No. 10 overall prospect by Graham doesn't get to Indianapolis until tomorrow and doesn't work out until Monday, but running back Brandon Minor and punter Zoltan Mesko are there now.

Minor, who's coming off surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff, won't work out but will go through medical tests - probably the most important part for him - and interviews.

The Lions, who have the second pick in April's draft, will pay close attention to running backs this weekend as they target a workhorse in the second or third round.

Whatever they do, Lions scouts are much more familiar with the type of player general manager Martin Mayhew and coach Jim Schwartz want to build their roster.

If you're watching any of the combine action,'s Pat Kirwan has a list of 10 things to keep in mind this weekend.

• Tigers manager Jim Leyland is still deciding where to bat Johnny Damon in his lineup, though No. 2 seems likely.

• Major League Baseball is planning to blood test for HGH in the minors later this year.

• The USA and Canada are heading for a gold-medal rematch in the Olympics.

Dave Birkett covers University of Michigan football for He can be reached by phone at 734-623-2552 or by e-mail at Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.