Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE
The Detroit Lions brought in Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter for a pre-draft visit on Thursday.
NFL free agency may be making headlines right now, but preparations for the 2013 NFL Draft are still ongoing. Pro days are underway, as are pre-draft visits. Teams get 30 pre-draft visits each year, and they are mainly used for interviews and additional medical checkups.
The Detroit Lions' first pre-draft visit took place on Thursday when Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter came to town. Hunter is ranked as the third-best receiver on Mel Kiper's big board, and he projects to be taken somewhere toward the end of the first round or at the beginning of the second round.
The Lions have a need for a No. 2 type of receiver, so it's certainly possible that someone like Hunter could be taken with their second-round pick. The Lions need to take some of the attention off of Calvin Johnson, and Hunter is well aware of that. From the Lions' official site:
"I know they have two people on (Calvin Johnson) every time he lines up and people base their game plan on him," Hunter said. "It would be nice (playing next to a guy like that) because usually that happens to me. I know how it feels. I think one-on-one coverage would be great. I'd be excited for that."
At Tennessee, Hunter caught 73 passes for 1,083 yards and 9 touchdowns in 2012.