NFL Draft Update: Lions Consider Top TE

Among the myriad of position they need to fill, "Pass Catching Tight End" should rank pretty high on Detroit's draft list. And one of the top tight ends that will be selected in early April has caught their fancy.

South Carolina tight end Jared Cook told that he had 22 formal interviews at the NFL Combine. The Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans and the Seattle Seahawks were just a few of those teams.

The Lions, in particular, require a pass-catching tight end. It is a heavily utilized part of offensive coordinator Scott Linehan's playbook.

South Carolina TE Jared Cook
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Cook has made quite a name for himself as a tight end. But the 6-foot-5, 246-pound player was originally a wide receiver for the Gamecocks until his sophomore year.

"At first, Coach Spurrier came to me with the idea and I told him I'd do anything to help the team. So he was cool with it and I was cool with it," Cook explained during an exclusive interview with "At first, I wasn't really required to block, so I was pretty much a receiving tight end.  This past year was my first time actually learning how to block from Coach Rychleski, he taught me pretty much everything I needed to know.

"The hardest part from the transition was picking up the blocking on the big D-ends and linebackers. But as the starting tight end, I had to become a complete player."

Off the field, Cook is a self-described "homebody" who doesn't go out much.

 "I just like to chill and relax really. I don't do too much going out. I think that's the best way to live," he said. "I like to watch movies and like going to them, too. Sometimes I cook—chicken alfredo, shrimp alfredo, shrimp scampi or chicken scampi with noodles and the whole works."

Cook is currently rated as the No. 2 tight end in this year's draft class in's NFL Draft Rankings.

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