Lions host Jadeveon Clowney, John Brown for pre-draft visits

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The Detroit Lions brought in South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and Pittsburg State wide receiver John Brown for visits on Wednesday.

The Detroit Lions continued their pre-draft visits on Wednesday by bringing in perhaps the best player in this year's class, as well as a lower-profile player who performed quite well at the combine.

Let's start with perhaps the best player in this year's draft. South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney visited the Lions on Wednesday despite there being no chance of him falling to the 10th overall pick. Clowney, in all likelihood, will be selected in the top three. Like Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins, the Lions will have to trade up to even have a shot at Clowney, and they would have to hope the Houston Texans don't take him first overall for that to even be a possibility.

Given the cost to move up to the very top of the draft, it's highly, highly unlikely that the Lions will end up getting Clowney, who had 24.0 sacks and 47.0 tackles for loss in three seasons at South Carolina. Even so, the Lions are clearly taking a closer look at Clowney just in case they somehow end up with a chance to draft him. Again, it's unlikely, but it's nice to dream about a defensive line featuring Clowney, Ziggy Ansah, Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley.

As for the lower-profile player who lit up the combine, that's Pittsburg State wide receiver John Brown. He also visited with the Lions on Wednesday. Brown ran the third-fastest 40-yard dash (4.34 seconds) at this year's combine, and he had the second-fastest 40 among wide receivers. He could be an interesting option later in the draft if the Lions are still in need of extra depth at wide receiver.

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