It will be big news when a draft pick predicts his own holdout

Ndamukong Suh reiterated on Friday what he’s been saying all along – he doesn’t plan to be a holdout when training camp gets cranked up for the Detroit Lions in a little more than a month.

“Like I've always said, I hope and plan to be in training camp," Suh said, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Like I’ve always said, it will be a first (and therefore really newsworthy) if a high draft pick forecasts a holdout well in advance of doing just that – holding out.

“Where the contract stands? I have no clue,” Suh said. “My agents are handling that right now.”

Lions general manager Martin Mayhew also expressed optimism that a timely deal would be crafted for the No. 2 pick in the draft. Detroit was successful in getting a deal done for No. 1 pick Matthew Stafford a year ago.

“The big thing is, Ndamukong knows that it's his decision," Mayhew said. “And he has expressed that to us. He's expressed a desire to be in camp. Things are going in the right direction.”

Suh is represented by Maximum Sports Management agent Roosevelt Barnes. He and his partner Eugene Parker represented San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree last year. He didn’t get a deal done until October. They also represented running back Cedric Benson when he was the No. 4 pick in the 2005 draft by the Chicago Bears. Benson was 36 days late signing.

Suh says he will be on time. If that is his goal, he can make it happen. But no draft pick has ever publicly predicted a holdout, not this far from camp beginning. Just remember that.

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