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WEEK IN REVIEW: Lions host three NFL Draft prospects

Posted Apr 5, 2014

Lions host three draft prospects, sign Dan Orlovsky as a backup quarterback and offseason workout schedule is released

The Lions hosted three NFL Draft prospects this week in Allen Park: wide receiver Martavis Bryant, safety Deone Bucannon and offensive tackle Taylor Lewan.

All three could potentially fill needs for Detroit come May, including Lewan, which may not seem like an immediate need for Detroit with the talent they have at offensive line. However, Tim Twentyman and Mike O'Hara say his visit wasn't a "smokescreen", and he could be a realistic selection in the first round.

"The Lions like what they have at tackle in Riley Reiff and LaAdrian Waddle, but if (Martin) Mayhew thinks Lewan is an upgrade at either position, and a couple players at two other positions of bigger need are off the board, They could make that pick," said Twentyman.

With the draft being pushed back by two weeks this year, it gives Mayhew and the Lions' front office more time to evaluate players.

“Sometimes we’ll have guys that we end up getting one grade on them -- smaller school guys," said Mayhew. "We’ll have an opportunity to go back and look at some of those guys a little bit more in depth. So I think there will be some value in terms of the scouts because they’ll have more time.”

The Lions also found their backup quarterback in a familiar face, signing Dan Orlovsky.

Orlovsky spent his first four seasons in the NFL with Detroit. He started seven games in 2008 and completed 143-of-255 passes (56.1 percent) for 1,616 yards with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions.

They also added depth to the offense line with the signing of tackle J.B. Shugarts, who worked out at Allen Park on Thursday.

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