The Detroit Lions may be busy signing tight ends and scheduling visits for defensive tackles, but some of the most important people within the organization aren’t dealing with free agency at all. They’re down south for the Georgia Pro Day.
General manager Bob Quinn, head coach Matt Patricia and defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni were all in attendance on Wednesday morning, among a few others within the Lions organization. And they weren’t just watching, they were right there testing some of the NFL prospects:
Hey @ttwentyman your new coach is doing some work out here with these bags at Georgia Pro Day! New #Lions head coach Matt Patricia and Bill Belichick running one of the drills here today with prospect OLB Lorenzo Carter pic.twitter.com/0hs1MbZibX— Kelsey Conway (@FalconsKelsey) March 21, 2018
Georgia’s Pro Day is a pretty good place to be if you’re looking for draft prospects. The Bulldogs are sporting a laundry list of top players in this year’s draft, including LB Roquan Smith, OT Isaiah Wynn, RBs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, and DE Lorenzo Carter among many others.
The Lions could have interest in several of these guys. Most notably, both running backs could be targets for Detroit come draft day. Though the Lions added LeGarrette Blount earlier in the week, they are expected to add a more long-term option in this year’s draft considering Ameer Abdullah is on the final year of his rookie contract.
While the Lions aren’t likely in play for linebacker Roquan Smith, who is projected to go in the top 10 of the draft, defensive end Lorenzo Carter could certainly be a player in the Lions’ crosshairs. Carter could be a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL, but also has strength and athleticism to put his hands in the dirt.
The fact that Patricia was seen above working directly with Carter could be a sign of interest. It could also mean nothing. But Carter does fit the mold of the kind of player Patricia has molded in the past, and the biggest knock on the Georgia edge defender is that he hasn’t been able to put all of his physical tools to their best use.
Keep an eye on Carter and the rest of these Georgia prospects, because it’s clear the Lions have some interest.