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2014 NFL Draft: Lions host Taylor Lewan for visit

The Detroit Lions brought in Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan on Tuesday for a pre-draft visit.

Jim Rogash

After previously bringing in Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Bloomsburg defensive end Larry Webster, the Detroit Lions hosted Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan for a pre-draft visit on Tuesday. Like Clinton-Dix, Lewan could be a candidate for the 10th overall pick, and he just worked out for the Atlanta Falcons on Monday and is set to visit the St. Louis Rams next.

Lewan is an interesting possibility for the 10th overall pick simply because he's an offensive tackle. That position is nowhere near the top of the list of needs for the Lions considering Riley Reiff is in place at left tackle and LaAdrian Waddle is set to be the full-time starting right tackle going forward. The Lions could use some extra depth, but they don't really need to spend a first-round pick on this position.

Then again, depending on what happens with the first nine picks, it's possible that the best player on the board could be an offensive tackle. If a nightmare scenario plays out where the top quarterbacks slide down and the best wide receivers and defensive players are off the board, the Lions could be forced into "settling" for one of the top tackles. Auburn's Greg Robinson and Texas A&M's Jake Matthews are believed to be more highly thought of than Lewan, but there's obviously no guarantee that the Lions agree with that assessment.

As for Lewan, he's coming off a rough redshirt senior season at Michigan. He could have been one of the top picks in last year's draft, but he decided to return to Michigan for a fifth season. His play didn't necessarily fall off, but he was part of one of the worst offensive lines in Michigan football history (thanks, Al Borges!). Plus, some red flags emerged with his character (he was just recently charged with three counts of assault).

Obviously the Lions are preparing for all kinds of different first-round scenarios given that they brought Lewan in for a visit. I still have a tough time believing that they will go the offensive tackle route unless Robinson or Matthews slips to the 10th pick, but I suppose they could always draft Lewan and move Reiff inside to guard. The offensive line would gain even more talent, and if Lewan ends up being the best player available, the Lions may decide to simply go down that path.

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