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Lions host Tre McBride for pre-draft visit

The Detroit Lions brought in a wide receiver from William & Mary for a pre-draft visit on Friday.

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The Detroit Lions wrapped up the work week on Friday by hosting yet another wide receiver with return abilities. This time they brought in William & Mary's Tre McBride, who projects to be a third- or fourth-round pick.

As a receiver, McBride put up some solid numbers during his four-year career at William & Mary. Last year, he caught 64 passes for 809 yards and four touchdowns, and for his entire career, he had 196 catches for 2,653 yards and 19 touchdowns.

McBride didn't take any kicks or punts back for touchdowns in college, but he does have some skills as a returner. From the Lions' official site:

In 2013, he was named the Special Teams Player of the Year in the conference and ranked 15th nationally with a kickoff return average of 27.5 yards.

Overall, McBride averaged 23.1 yards on 56 kick returns in college. He also averaged 11.1 yards on 11 punt returns.

Including McBride, the Lions have now hosted five skill players with return abilities for pre-draft visits. They previously brought in running back Marcus Murphy and wide receivers J.J. Nelson, Kaelin Clay and Tyler Lockett. It's a safe bet that one of these players will either be drafted or signed as an undrafted free agent in order to give the Lions' return game a boost in 2015.

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