After hosting Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix on Monday, the Detroit Lions continued their pre-draft visits on Thursday by bringing in a much lower-profile player: Bloomsburg defensive end Larry Webster.
According to Dave Birkett, Webster is the son of former NFL defensive end Larry Webster. Also according to Birkett, the younger Webster played only two years of college football and is a former basketball player. The Lions are apparently going to work out Webster in April, so they seem to have a lot of interest in him.
At Bloomsburg, Webster had 13.5 sacks in 2012 and 12.5 sacks in 2013. He had a total of 88 tackles and 31.0 tackles for loss in 24 games during his career, and he ran a 4.58 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine last month. He's listed at 6'6 and 252 pounds, so he's got the kind of length that the Lions seem to like their defensive ends to have.
Although they added Darryl Tapp after losing Willie Young to the Chicago Bears this offseason, the Lions could use some extra depth at defensive end. It seems unlikely that they are going to sign anybody of note at that position, so it looks like they will have to fill that need via the draft. Webster is projected to be a seventh-round pick by CBS Sports, so he will be someone to keep an eye on in the later rounds.