The Detroit Lions welcomed in four more 2013 NFL Draft prospects on Tuesday—Central Florida RB Latavius Murray, Clemson SS Jonathan Meeks, Mississippi State CB Darius Slay and arguably the top 4-3 DE/3-4 OLB in Dion Jordan out of Oregon—per Tim Twentyman of the team’s official website.
Slay is now the fourth cornerback, Murray is the third running back, Meeks is the second safety and Jordan is the first prospect with the versatility to play 4-3 DE or 3-4 OLB that the team has hosted for pre-draft visits leading up to this year’s three-day festivities.
After Tuesday’s visits, Detroit has used up at least 27 of its 30 pre-draft visits. It’s worth noting that there could be up to three other prospects that are either still scheduled to visit the team or already visited that were kept under wraps.
Jordan offers a compelling combination of size (6-6, 248 pounds), speed, length, coverage skills, pass rushing ability, scheme versatility and comfort in space and looks to be a lock for the Top 5 as we approach April 25.
If he’s still available when the Lions go on the clock, expect the team to pull the trigger.
The loss of Cliff Avril and Kyle Vanden Bosch are a clear indication that Lions are looking to add new, fresh talent on the defensive line and GM Martin Mayhew also has a history of taking the best player available.
Jordan also appears to be responding well to questions of whether he can line up at defensive end in a 4-3 scheme.
Other options with the No. 5 overall pick could include one of the top three offensive tackles (Lane Johnson, Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel), the top cornerback (Dee Milliner) or the other top 4-3 DE/3-4 OLB (Ezekiel Ansah).
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