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2013 NFL Draft: Lions host Robert Woods for visit

The Detroit Lions brought in USC wide receiver Robert Woods for a pre-draft visit on Tuesday.

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The Detroit Lions hosted USC wide receiver Robert Woods for a pre-draft visit on Tuesday. He is the third prospect to visit the Lions so far, and just like the first two, he plays wide receiver.

At USC, Woods was a touchdown machine. He had 11 touchdowns last season, and he had 15 in 2011 and 6 in 2010. Although his yards receiving dropped to 846 in 2012 (thanks in part to the emergence of Marquise Lee), it was going to be tough for him to match his ridiculous performance in 2011. That year, Woods caught 111 passes for 1,292 yards.

What would Woods bring to the Lions if they decided to draft him? Here's what he told the Lions' official site:

"I’m a good route runner and I have good hands and I think that’s helped me throughout my career," Woods said. "I think those will help me make a smooth transition to this level.

"I’ve caught 250 passes. All different ways: in traffic, deep, short, third down and first down. I think the experience of catching a lot of passes in a lot of situations – it won’t be anything new to me."

Last week, the Lions hosted Tennessee wide receivers Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson for pre-draft visits. Clearly, Lions general manager Martin Mayhew views wide receiver as a position of need, and he has decided to use the team's first three visits on guys who play that position.


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