The Detroit Lions are nearly halfway through their 2015 pre-draft visits after hosting Auburn defensive tackle Angelo Blackson on Tuesday. He became the 14th player to visit the Lions in the lead-up to the 2015 NFL Draft, and he's the fourth defensive lineman so far.
Unlike the first three defensive linemen who visited the Lions -- Mario Edwards Jr., Xavier Cooper and Jordan Phillips -- Blackson isn't expected to be in the mix on the first or second day of the draft. Instead, Blackson will likely be someone the Lions consider toward the end of the draft. Actually, CBS Sports doesn't even project him to get drafted at all, so he could end up being an undrafted free agent candidate.
During his four seasons at Auburn, Blackson recorded 65 total tackles, 17.0 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, two pass defenses and three forced fumbles. Last season specifically, he had 17 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks.
Blackson seems like an under the radar type of player. If the Lions don't end up addressing their need for extra depth at defensive tackle early in the draft, perhaps they could look to take a player like Blackson in one of the final rounds. Or, even if they do select a defensive tackle on the first or second day, perhaps Blackson could be someone they target if he goes undrafted.