With the NFL owners meetings taking place in Arizona last week, the Detroit Lions did not host any prospects for pre-draft visits. This week, however, they have already resumed their pre-draft visits by bringing in Texas A&M offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi.
Ogbuehi is an interesting prospect simply because his stock has been so up and down over the last year. Had he gone pro a year ago, Ogbuehi would have at the very least been a first-round pick, and he very well could have been taken in the top 10. He opted to return for his senior year, however, and going into the season, he was actually viewed as someone who could end up being the top overall pick in the draft.
Unfortunately for Ogbuehi, things didn't work out that way. After switching to left tackle in 2014, Ogbuehi had a pretty inconsistent season, and to make matters worse, he tore his ACL in Texas A&M's bowl game. The good news for Ogbuehi is that an insurance policy paid for by Texas A&M will likely help make up the difference for the value he lost by returning for his senior season, but now he's projected to be a third-round pick instead of a first-rounder.
Aside from his health, the main question mark for Ogbuehi is which position he will play. He began his career at offensive guard before switching to right tackle in 2013. In 2014, he made the switch to left tackle, but given his performance, I would imagine most NFL teams view him as a better fit on the right side. In any case, he could be someone the Lions consider in the third round or later if they still have a need on the offensive line.
In other pre-draft visit news, the Lions are scheduled to host Florida State defensive tackle Eddie Goldman at some point, according to Matt Miller. Also according to Miller, the Lions had set up a visit with Louisville safety Gerod Holliman before later canceling it.