NFL teams each have their own approach for how they utilize their official team visits. Some teams like the Packers or Seahawks routinely use those visits to meet with potential late-round prospects or UDFA who may fit their team to get a better gauge on them. Others—generally those teams picking at the front of the first and second rounds—use those visits on higher profile prospects they want to do their due diligence on. It’s only Bob Quinn’s second year, so we don’t really have much to base his trends on, but we are going to track all of their visits here so we can keep track.
Updated: 4/26/17 6:30 p.m. ET
Here’s a quick reference list of all the currently reported visits:
WR Quincy Adeboyejo (Ole Miss)
WR Stacy Coley (Miami)
WR Chris Godwin (Penn State)
WR Kenny Golladay (Northern Illinois)
WR Damore’ea Stringfellow (Ole Miss)
RB Tion Green (Cincinnati)
TE Jason Croom (Tennessee)
TE Mason Schreck (Buffalo)
OT Taylor Gadbois (Southeastern Louisiana)
OT David Sharpe (Florida)
DE Taco Charlton (Michigan)
DE Tanoh Kpassagnon (Villanova)
DE Takkarist McKinley (UCLA)
DE Jeremiah Valoaga (UNLV)
DE Deatrich Wise (Arkansas)
DT Grover Stewart (Albany State)
DT Malik McDowell (Michigan State)
LB Reuben Foster (Alabama)
LB Raekwon McMillan (Ohio State)
LB Calvin Munson (San Diego State)
LB T.J. Watt (Wisconsin)
LB Eric Wilson (Cincinnati)
LB Haason Reddick (Temple)
CB Jamal Agnew (San Diego)
CB Teez Tabor (Florida)
CB Brandon Wilson (Houston)
SS Obi Melifonwu (UConn)
Total reported thus far: 27 of 30
Here’s more information and sourcing for each visit:
DE/LB Takkarist McKinley, UCLA
UCLA pass rusher Takkarist McKinley visited the Detroit Lions this week, according to a source.— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) April 19, 2017
The talented, but undersized pass rusher from UCLA is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and is a potential first or second round selection.
DE Tanoh Kpassagnon, Villanova
A small school prospect with incredible size and good athleticism, Tanoh Kpassagnon is projected to go in the second or third round.
DE/TE Jeremiah Valoaga, UNLV
Add UNLV DE Jeremiah Valoaga and Tennessee TE Jason Croom to Detroit Lions' pre-draft visit list, via @AaronWilson_NFL— Justin Rogers (@Justin_Rogers) April 18, 2017
Jeremiah Valoaga has the size and length that teams covet, but health and character concerns as well as lack of production put his value in the late rounds or free agency.
DE Taco Charlton, Michigan
The Lions have met with Taco Charlton several times in the draft process and the closed end is projected to go in the first or second rounds.
DE Deatrich Wise, Arkansas
Physically comparable to Michigan’s Taco Charlton, Wise is a bit of a forgotten man in the draft process, but should be a day two pick.
DE/LB T.J. Watt, Wisconsin
One of the best pure athletes in this class, the Lions may view Watt either as a pure pass rusher or off-ball linebacker. He is projected to be drafted in the first or second round.
DT Grover Stewart, Albany State
One of the hottest names among mid round defensive line options, the explosive Grover Stewart has met with nearly every NFL squad.
DT Malik McDowell, Michigan State
Questions about his character have seen the talented local product plummet on draft boards. He could be a risk in the 1st round, tough to say where he lands.
LB Calvin Munson, San Diego State
The SDSU product had an impressive bowl game against Houston, posting eight tackles, a sack and an interception. He is projected in the late rounds or free agency.
LB Eric Wilson, Cincinnati
Cincinnati LB Eric Wilson workouts for Texans, Patriots, Packers, Colts, Lions, Buccaneers, Vikings, Jets— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) April 7, 2017
Cincinnati's Eric Wilson has drawn a ton of interest from NFL teams and is likely to be drafted higher than his present sixth to seventh round projections.
LB Reuben Foster, Alabama
Questions about his health (concussions, shoulder surgery) have plagued the draft’s top linebacker, though he’s still likely to go in the first round.
LB Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State
The Lions were among many teams to visit with Raekwon McMillan, who has been projected in the second round but might sneak into the first.
LB Haason Reddick, Temple
A converted pass rusher, no one has navigated the draft process better than Haason Reddick, who looks to be an early pick in the first round.
SS Obi Melifonwu, Connecticut
One of the best athletes to ever attend the combine, Obi Melifonwu has drawn repeated interest from the Detroit Lions. Melifonwu is expected to be drafted in the first round.
CB Teez Tabor, Florida
Florida CB Jalen "Teez" Tabor visiting Dallas Cowboys at the Star in Frisco tomorrow. He worked out for the Lions yesterday, per source.— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) April 5, 2017
After a poor combine and pro day, the Lions are doing some deep research into Teez Tabor, the only cornerback they’ve met with who wasn’t off the charts athletically. Tabor has been mocked in the first, but his value has slid sharply and may go undrafted.
CB Brandon Wilson, Houston
University of Houston corner Brandon Wilson (4.3) visiting Bengals today, per a source, visited Raiders, Patriots, Lions; did Texans' local— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) April 19, 2017
Talented athletically, Brandon Wilson was also an excellent kick returner for the Cougars and is expected to be drafted in the sixth round.
CB Jamal Agnew, San Diego
Small but extremely fast, Agnew is not expected to be drafted but will make a camp due to his measured 4.34 speed.
TE Jason Croom, Tennessee
Tennessee tight end Jason Croom has visited Detroit Lions, Arizona Cardinals, Pittsburgh Steelers, per a league source, since strong Pro Day— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) April 17, 2017
A former wide receiver, Croom was sparingly used at tight end for the Vols and is expected to go undrafted in this year’s draft despite his strong athletic measurements.
TE Mason Schreck, Buffalo
An athletic and versatile player who doesn’t get nearly enough buzz, Schreck is a strong mid round option if the Lions miss out on Michael Roberts from Toledo.
OT David Sharpe, Florida
Gators tackle David Sharpe has a top-30 visit ahead next week with Panthers, already visited Lions as well, 49ers this week.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) April 11, 2017
Florida’s David Sharpe didn’t measure well, but his great size has teams looking at him as a possible late-round flier or UDFA.
OT Taylor Gadbois, Southeast Louisiana
OT Taylor Gadbois (6-7, 315-SE Louisiana) visited Falcons, Lions. Scheduled to visit Saints on Friday.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) April 13, 2017
An incredible athlete, teams will be looking at Taylor Gadbois in the late rounds.
RB Tion Green, Cincinnati
Cincinnati running back Tion Green (6-0, 230) has visited Colts, Lions, Bengals (local), according to a source— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) April 20, 2017
Though not a top tier athlete, Green is a powerful runner with good vision and balance who could be a good goal line option. He’s expected to go undrafted.
WR Quincy Adeboyejo, Mississippi
The Lions have shown interest in two Mississippi wideouts, but had a meeting, visit, and workout with Quincy Adeboyejo. He is not projected to be drafted, but may be worth a late-round pickup.
WR Kenny Golladay, Northern Illinois
As @mikerothstein said, Northern Illinois WR Kenny Golladay is visiting the Lions tomorrow. Good size/speed combo at 6-4, 4.5 40.— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) April 5, 2017
Big, strong and fast, the Lions are looking at athletic wide receivers who can spread the field. Golladay is projected to go in the fourth or fifth rounds.
WR Damore’ea Stringfellow, Mississippi
Really interesting player coming to see the Lions for a pre-draft visit: Ole Miss WR Damore'ea Stringfellow. 6-2. 220. Pro day today.— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) April 3, 2017
Stringfellow is not expected to be drafted, but the Lions have met with him multiple times including his official visit.
WR Chris Godwin, Penn State
Another top tier athlete, Christ Godwin’s value is projected between the second and fourth rounds.
WR Stacy Coley, Miami
Only average size but great speed, Stacy Coley is a field stretcher who is projected to go between the fourth and sixth rounds.
Update (4/24/17): Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press announced two more additional visits for the Lions: TE Mason Schreck (via Draftanalyst.com) and DE Deatrich Wise.