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Lions host Kaelin Clay for pre-draft visit

The Detroit Lions brought in another wide receiver/returner on Monday.

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It turns out that Tyrell Williams wasn't the only wide receiver who visited the Detroit Lions on Monday. They also brought in Utah wide receiver Kaelin Clay, giving them 19 total pre-draft visits so far this year.

Although Clay is a receiver, his return skills may be his best attribute. In his only season at Utah after transferring from a junior college, Clay returned three punts and one kickoff for a touchdown. That's pretty remarkable considering he only had 23 total punt returns and 22 total kick returns all season. He averaged 15.0 yards a punt return and 24.9 yards a kick return.

As a receiver, Clay had 43 catches for 523 yards and four touchdowns last season. Since he is only 5-foot-10, he projects to be more of a slot receiver than anything in the NFL, but I would imagine the Lions are mainly looking at him for his return skills anyway. They previously brought in UAB's J.J. Nelson, who was the nation's top kick returner, so clearly they are looking at making an upgrade over Jeremy Ross in the return game.

In Clay's case, he looks like another potential late-round option or potential undrafted free agent target. I would imagine that the Lions will add somebody to compete for the return job at some point this offseason, and Clay could certainly end up being the guy depending on how the draft plays out.

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