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Lions host William Gholston, two others for pre-draft visits

The Detroit Lions hosted three players for pre-draft visits on Monday.


The Detroit Lions had three more players in for pre-draft visits on Monday. The headliner was defensive end William Gholston, who played college football at Michigan State. Harvard fullback/tight end Kyle Juszczyk and Texas Tech offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle also stopped by to visit with the Lions.

Gholston left Michigan State a year early to enter the NFL Draft despite being projected as a mid-round pick. This past season, Gholston had 59 total tackles, 13.0 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks. He also had 10 passes defended and 1 forced fumble. Those are impressive numbers, but Gholston seemed to disappear from games at times, which is part of the reason why he's not projected to be a higher pick. He does have a lot of potential, though.

Juszczyk is an interesting player because he can play multiple positions. He was an H-back/tight end at Harvard, but Gil Brandt reports that he worked out as a fullback at his pro day. Brandt thinks Juszczyk could be picked in the fifth or sixth round, and he could be a potential replacement for Will Heller if the Lions decide to take him.

As for Waddle, he is a "mauling-type tackle," according to Brandt. Waddle projects to be taken in one of the final two rounds of the draft, and if the Lions don't end up with an offensive tackle before then, he could be someone worth considering.

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