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TWENTYMAN: 10 prospects who could interest Lions on Day 3

It's Day 3 of the NFL draft, which means the Lions are on the lookout for talent to add to their roster.

Detroit traded away their fourth-round pick to move up in the second round and draft running back Kerryon Johnson. The club entered the draft without a sixth-round pick.

That means as it stands right now, the Lions have a pick in the fifth round (153 overall) and one in the seventh round (237).

Let's take a look at 10 players who could be Day 3 fits for the Lions:

Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan

Hurst has slipped to Day 3 due to health concerns with his heart. He's been cleared by doctors at Harvard and Michigan, but teams have to feel really good about their own evaluation if they're going to select him in the draft. It's been reported that some teams have taken him off their board completely. Lions GM Bob Quinn said injury concerns can adjust a player's grade, but sometimes those concerns lessen as the draft goes on. Maybe a team will take a risk on Hurst in Day 3. On pure football talent alone, Hurst was one of the best defensive tackles in this draft, and is the best one still available.

Josh Sweat, DE, Florida State

Sweat started 12 games last year, posting 56 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and three pass breakups. He measured in at 6-foot-5 and 251 pounds at the Combine, and ran the 40 in 4.53 seconds with a 39.5-inch vertical and a 124-inch broad jump. He's a bit raw, but has a lot of upside and terrific athleticism. 

Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, EDGE, Oklahoma

Okoronkwo (6-2, 253) shared the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year award with Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson. He posted 76 tackles, a team-high 17.5 for loss, and eight sacks, as well as two pass breakups and three forced fumbles. The Lions added three linebackers in free agency, but teams can never have too many pass rushers.

Shaquem Griffin, OLB, Central Florida

Griffin doesn't have a left hand, but that's never limited him on the football field. He's 6-foot, 227 pounds and ran the 40 in 4.38 seconds at the Combine. Griffin was a first-team all-conference choice in 2017 (74 tackles, 13.5 for loss, seven sacks, one interception, three pass breakups and two forced fumbles). He played OLB, S, and DE at the Senior Bowl, and played them all well.

Tyrell Crosby, T, Oregon

Some analysts had Crosby as a second-round pick. He's a big-bodied prospect with a good anchor and a mean streak in the run game. Some team will covet his size, strength and length in Day 3. The Lions could be on the lookout for a young swing tackle.

Da'Shawn Hand, DE, Alabama

Hand started nine of the 11 games he played in 2017, missing time with a minor knee injury. He's a versatile defender who can bump inside on passing downs. He had 27 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and three sacks this past season.

**Ian Thomas, TE, Indiana

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Thomas is a big, strong tight end who is a very good in-line blocker. Thomas only spent two years at Indiana after transferring from community college. He caught 25 passes for 376 yards and five touchdowns last season. The Lions are pretty good at TE for 2018, but have only one player at the position under contract past this season.

Tim Settle, DT, Virginia Tech

Settle has terrific size and strength at 347 pounds, but is also quicker than most would think for a man his size. He can play nose tackle in a 3-4 and the three technique in a 4-3.

Jalyn Holmes, DE, Ohio State

Holmes has an ideal NFL frame at 6-foot-5 and 283 pounds. Holmes played behind some pretty good talent at Ohio State that is now in the NFL, which means he was only a one-year starter. Holmes got nine starts in 14 games last season, receiving honorable mention all-conference after accumulating 29 tackles, three tackles for loss, two sacks and three pass breakups.

Chris Herndon, TE, Miami

Herndon started 11 games his senior season, and recorded 40 receptions for 477 yards and four touchdowns, but a knee injury ended the year prematurely. He's a bit raw, but has some big-play ability if he gets to the right coaching staff that can develop him.

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