After focusing quite a bit on skill players with return abilities last week, the Detroit Lions turned their attention back to the defensive side of the ball by hosting Iowa defensive tackle Carl Davis for a pre-draft visit on Monday. Davis is actually from Detroit, so he shouldn't count against the Lions' 30-visit limit.
At Iowa, Davis recorded 94 total tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and one pass defense over the course of four seasons. Last year specifically, he had 36 tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks.
NFL.com projects Davis to be a second-round pick, and his "NFL comparison" is actually former Lions defensive tackle C.J. Mosley. The Lions don't seem to have interest in re-signing Mosley, and they are in need of extra depth at defensive tackle as a result. Haloti Ngata and Tyrunn Walker are projected to start, but Davis could definitely be an option for the Lions in the second round as they look to bolster the defensive tackle position.
So far, Davis is the sixth defensive lineman to take a pre-draft visit with the Lions. Previously, they brought in Florida State's Mario Edwards Jr., Washington State's Xavier Cooper, Oklahoma's Jordan Phillips, Auburn's Angelo Blackson and Arizona State's Marcus Hardison.
UPDATE: It turns out that Davis did in fact count as an official visit.
No, Davis was a top 30 visit https://t.co/VeGsvQYW3A
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