The Visitors: John McCargo

Lions' head coach Rod Marinelli loves defensive lineman, so don't be surprised if Detroit takes a long look at N.C. State defensive tackle John McCargo in the first day. Part ten in a (now) 17 part series covering an EXCLUSIVE list of draft prospects that Detroit has visited with. In-depth bio and more inside.

Roar Report has compiled an exclusive list of (currently 17) players that the Detroit Lions have privately worked out and/or had visit the Allen Park facility.

Between now and the draft, we will provide overviews of all players that have gotten an additional investment of time from the Lions scouting staff.

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NAME John McCargo
POSITION Defensive Tackle
#5 @ DT
#59 Overall
INTERACTION Visited Allen Park
St. Louis
Kansas City
Baltimore Prospect Profile ...

Full Name: John McCargo School: North Carolina StatePos: DT

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 306 40: 4.96 Year: 4Jr

Bio: Three-year starter who posted 21/8/.5 in six games last year, missing half the season with a stress fracture. Posted career-best numbers of 52/14/3 as a freshman.

Pos: Explosive run-defending tackle who flashes power. Plays with excellent pad level, wedges between blocks and is rarely off his feet. Possesses tremendous first-step quickness, makes plays out to the flanks and has a closing burst of speed.

Neg: Marginal pass rusher. Flashes hand technique but for the most part wired by blocks.

Analysis: A hard-working prospect productive throughout college, McCargo’s decision to enter the draft surprised many. Projects well as a two-gap lineman and could eventually develop into a starter at the next level.

Lions Interest: Rod Marinelli loves defensive lineman. And, combined with the unknown status of defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson, who continues to mull retirement, McCargo would make an interesting pick in the second round (if he's there) and a defendable one in the third (74th overall) -- if he's there. The Lions could use an additional defensive tackle, and if Marinelli was impressed enough to invite McCargo to Allen Park for a private visit and workout, he's certainly worthy enough of a pick in the first day. The problem, however, is that while McCargo was initially considered a mid-round pick, his stock has climbed dramatically to the point where he might slide into the end of the first round. Again, the Lions have other pressing needs to fill with their first few selections, but young defensive lineman tend to grow exponentially under Marinelli's direction. If he's there at 40, don't be surprised. If he's still around in the third, expect it.

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