Detroit's Visit List (With Draft Projections)

The Lions have lined up many visits in the last several weeks. But where are those players slated to fall in Thursday's NFL draft? We take a peek ...

About this time of year, mock drafts wage a rampant assault on the blogosphere and common sense. Lost amid the endless array of, well, random guessing, is some of the homework already performed and acknowledged by NFL teams. The Lions have nearly reached their cap of 30 prospect visits, where the team has interviewed and/or worked out a potential draft pick on-site.

Last season, Detroit met with Ndamukong Suh and other potential first-rounders during pre-draft visits, although the consensus was always Suh at No. 2 overall. There is obviously more ambiguity with the team's No. 13 pick, and the meat of the draft -- the middle rounds -- are even more cryptic.

And all of this actually makes the current visit list the more intriguing.

With that in mind, and in lieu of phone taps in Martin Mayhew's office, has compiled the list of known prospects and sorted them by position. But a prospect list is merely frivolous names without some sort of round projection. Leveraging resident draft expert Josh Liskiewitz's seven-round mock draft (we felt bad potentially not using it), below is the list with an approximate round projection based on Josh's analysis.

Position Player Name School Draft Projection
CB Ras-I Dowling Virginia Mid 2nd
CB Prince Amukamara Nebraska Early 1st
CB Jimmy Smith Colorado Early/Mid 1st
CB Chris Culliver South Carolina Late/Undrafted
CB Ammar Dyson Lincoln Late/Undrafted
RB DeMarco Murray Oklahoma 3rd/4th
RB Mikel Leshoure Illinois Early-to-Mid 2nd
RB Damien Berry Miami Late/Undrafted
RB Allen Bradford USC 4th/5th
RB Stevan Ridley LSU Late/Undrafted
WR Torrey Smith Maryland Late 1st/Early 2nd
WR Jonathan Baldwin Pittsburgh Mid 2nd
OT Tyron Smith USC Early 1st
OT David Mims Virginia Union Late/Undrafted
OT Johnny Culbreath South Car. State Late/Undrafted
OG/C Mike Pouncey Florida Mid/Late 1st
OG Will Rackley Lehigh Late 2nd/Early 3rd
DT Nick Fairley Auburn Early 1st
DE/OLB Chris Carter Fresno State Mid/Late 3rd
DE Greg Romeus Pittsburgh Mid 4th
DE Cameron Jordan California Early 1st
DE Aldon Smith Missouri Mid/Late 1st
LB Akeem Ayers UCLA Late 1st/Early 2nd
LB Bruce Carter UNC Late 2nd/3rd
LB Doug Hogue Syracuse 6th/7th


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