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Lions host three players for pre-draft visits

The Detroit Lions brought in a trio of defensive players for pre-draft visits on Tuesday.

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The Detroit Lions have almost completed their 30 pre-draft visits. They already had 24 in the books going into Tuesday, and by bringing in Michigan State defensive end Marcus Rush, Arizona State safety Damarious Randall and Virginia safety Anthony Harris, they only have three visits to go.

Of the three players who visited on Tuesday, Rush is the only one who may not even be drafted. He is projected to be a seventh-rounder or undrafted free agent on CBS Sports, for example, so he could be someone the Lions look at toward the end of the draft or after the draft if he doesn't get picked.

It's a much different story with Randall and Harris. Randall is actually Mike Mayock's top safety in this draft. only projects him to be a second-round pick, so perhaps he will be there when the Lions go on the clock at No. 54. If he's not, the Lions could potentially add Harris later in the draft, as he is projected to be a third- or fourth-round pick.

Regardless of what happens with Randall and Harris, the Lions seem to be sending a pretty clear message that they are interested in adding a safety. On paper, safety isn't exactly a top need, but with James Ihedigbo currently off on his own while he waits for a new contract, there could be a starting spot up for grabs depending on how that situation plays out. At the very least, the Lions will likely need to replace Ihedigbo in 2016, so they could draft a safety this year and spend 2015 grooming him to start.

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