The Detroit Lions hosted Wisconsin center Travis Frederick and Nevada linebacker Jeremiah Green for pre-draft visits on Friday. The Lions have now used 19 pre-draft visits (as far as we know), leaving them with 11 more that are available before the 2013 NFL Draft.
Considering the Lions are going to be in need of a replacement for Dominic Raiola sooner rather than later, Frederick is a player worth keeping an eye on. He can also play guard, meaning that if he were to be picked by the Lions, he could theoretically start out at that position and take over for Raiola in 2014.
Green, who apparently impressed at Nevada's pro day after not getting an invite to the NFL Combine, had 68 total tackles in 2012. 5.5 of those tackles were for a loss and 2.0 of them were for a sack.
Although a starting spot is open at outside linebacker, the Lions don't exactly have a need at this position. Three players from last year's team are set to compete for the starting spot, and at best there is maybe one open spot on the roster at linebacker. Of course, the lack of a need doesn't mean the Lions will ignore the position, and Green will probably be a late-round pick if he ends up being drafted. So this is simply a case of the Lions taking a closer look at someone who piqued their interest.