Lions hold workout for 17 local prospects

Posted Apr 18, 2012

The Lions held a combine-style workout for 17 local prospects at the team’s Allen Park training facility Wednesday.

The Lions are only allowed 30 pre-draft visits, but each NFL team is also allowed to invite local prospects to work out who don't count against the 30. A local prospect is defined as a player from a college or university in the city the team plays in or a player who went to high school or whose legal guardians lives within the city of Detroit or its contiguous suburbs.

“It was surprising to find out that Windsor was local for Detroit, but I was happy that it was and happy I got this opportunity to come and work out in front of the defensive line coach and the scouts and give everyone a chance to see what I got,” said Boise State defensive end Tyrone Crawford, who is from Windsor.

Included among the 17 players was Michigan State running back Edwin Baker and Michigan State receiver Keshawn Martin. Both Baker and Martin are considered mid-round draft picks and both play a position of need for the Lions.

Martin could be a nice fit at the fourth receiver spot for the Lions, a player who can contribute on both offense and special teams.

Baker has an NFL-ready frame and is considered one of the 10 best running backs available in next week’s draft.

Local Prospects:

Edwin Baker RB Michigan State 5-8 202 Highland Park
Jonas Gray RB Notre Dame 5-9 225 Pontiac
Troy Burrell WR Wayne State 5-9 183 Port Huron
Keshawn Martin WR Michigan State 5-11 194 Inkster
Justin Siller WR Purdue 6-3 227 Detroit
David Blackburn TE Central Michigan 6-0 243 Detroit
Danny Enright TE/LS Oberlin College 6-6 254 Novi
Cordell Bell G Minnesota-Mankato 6-3 321 Melvindale
Ben Bojicic C Bowling Green 6-3 300 Farmington Hills
Joe Long T Wayne State 6-5 307 Lapeer
Deon'Tae Pannell G Penn State 6-5 323 Southfield
Chris Greenwood CB Albion 6-1 193 Detroit
Josh Howard S Ball State 5-11 205 Inkster
Jeremy Jones S Wayne State 5-9 197 Grand Rapids