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Lions host Tevin Coleman for pre-draft visit

The Detroit Lions hosted Indiana running back Tevin Coleman for a pre-draft visit on Thursday.

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After releasing Reggie Bush last week, the Detroit Lions made it pretty clear that they will be in the market for a running back this offseason. It's entirely possible that they could add someone to the mix once free agency opens next week, but the more likely scenario is that they will draft a running back given how deep this year's class is.

One candidate for the Lions is Indiana's Tevin Coleman, and he visited the Lions on Thursday. He became the fourth player to stop by the Lions' facility in Allen Park for a pre-draft visit this week, and he's the first running back among that group.

At Indiana, Coleman had an amazing 2014 season with 2,036 yards rushing on 270 carries (good for a 7.5 average). He also scored 15 touchdowns and gained another 141 yards through the air. For his entire three-year career with the Hoosiers, Coleman ran for 3,219 yards and scored 28 touchdowns.

In all likelihood, Coleman will be a Day 2 pick. Whether he goes in the second or third round will ultimately depend on how quickly the run on running backs begins, but the Lions could definitely target him on the second day of the draft in order to add another weapon to their backfield.

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