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Lions host Jordan Phillips for pre-draft visit

The Detroit Lions also hosted Oklahoma defensive tackle Jordan Phillips for a pre-draft visit on Tuesday.

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It turns out that Oregon State cornerback Steven Nelson wasn't the only player who visited the Detroit Lions on Tuesday. They also brought in Oklahoma defensive tackle Jordan Phillips for a pre-draft visit.

Phillips is the third defensive linemen to visit the Lions so far. Previously, they hosted Florida State's Mario Edwards Jr., who has the ability to play both defensive end and defensive tackle, and they also brought in Washington State's Xavier Cooper, who is more of a true DT.

Phillips is an extremely intriguing prospect. He didn't even play three full seasons at Oklahoma thanks to a back injury that forced him to miss much of the 2013 season. When he was on the field, though, Phillips recorded 58 total tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks.

Considering defensive tackle is a top need for the Lions, Phillips could be an option in either the first or second round. It will really depend on how his medical evaluation goes. The Lions certainly wouldn't want to use a top pick on a defensive tackle with back issues, but if everything checks out in that regard, adding an athletic player like Phillips to the defensive line is definitely something that could happen in the 2015 NFL Draft.

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