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2013 NFL Draft: Lions host Cody Davis, Sam Martin for pre-draft visits

The Detroit Lions brought in safety Cody Davis and punter Sam Martin for pre-draft visits on Thursday.


The Detroit Lions hosted two more players for pre-draft visits on Thursday. Texas Tech safety Cody Davis and Appalachian State punter Sam Martin visited the Lions' facility in Allen Park as the team turned its focus to some under-the-radar prospects.

Davis gained the attention of the Lions after a strong performance at the NFL's Super Regional Combine in Texas last week. The Lions decided to bring him in for a closer look as a result, and he could be someone they consider on the final day of the draft as extra depth at safety. He's an excellent tackler -- he had 101 total tackles in 2012 -- and would likely start his career mainly playing special teams if picked by the Lions.

Martin is a punter and kickoff specialist. The Lions currently only have Blake Clingan on the roster at punter, so they are continuing to search for competition at this position. They are also continuing to look at punters who have the ability to kick off as well, and Martin fits that role.

According to Dave Birkett, the Lions took a look at Martin at his pro day as well. He apparently piqued their interest with the Lions deciding to bring him in for a visit, so keep him in mind for a late-round pick or perhaps even as an undrafted free agent.

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