Spearheaded by vice president Matt Millen and a small collection of Lions' scouts and coaches, the team met with the 6'6, 311-pound Wisconsin product for an early lunch, and again later for a dinner.
The Lions will consider Thomas with their No. 2 overall pick, a move most "mock drafts" -- both professional and amateur -- have agreed upon. Detroit expressed an interest in Thomas at the Senior Bowl earlier in the year, bringing him to dinner.
Thomas also met exclusively on Thursday with the Oakland Raiders and Arizona Cardinals, signifying two likelihoods: he (hopefully) has a very large appetitite, and the Lions might have a potential trade partner in the desert.
Desperate for offensive line help (even more needy than the Lions), the Cards select fifth overall on April 28. If they have Thomas pegged, they might not want to risk losing him to Detroit. And, unlike Oakland, the Lions aren't necessary sending up smokescreens. They also have a need at tackle, but their problem areas are more diverse.
Detroit has a genuine interest in Thomas, and Arizona is aware of it.