As the Pro Day circuit kicks off, the Detroit Lions are keeping a close eye on prospects from one specific SEC school. Per NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala, the Lions sent both head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn to Auburn’s Pro Day on Friday—a key sign that they’re very interested in the players they have to offer.
Of course, the headliner at Auburn’s Pro Day is defensive tackle Derrick Brown, a first-round talent that many believe would be a solid fit in Detroit as a run-stuffing nose tackle. Brown had an underwhelming NFL Combine performance last week, which has caused many to question his value at the top of the draft.
We’re here at @AuburnFootball Pro Day, where Derrick Brown and Marlon Davidson are weighing in. #Giants HC Joe Judge and #Lions HC Matt Patricia have both checked in and so too have four GMs (#Lions, #Panthers, #Dolphins, #Patriots). Check out @nflnetwork for the latest...— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) March 6, 2020
But Brown isn’t the only prospect the Lions will have their eyes on. Auburn has five prospects in the top 90 of CBS Sports’ 2020 NFL Draft Big Board.
There’s offensive lineman Prince Tega Wanogho, who could play either tackle spot for Detroit. Or cornerback Noah Igbinoghene, a mid-round prospect who is a bit smaller than the Lions typically like at the position (5-foot-10) but has elite athleticism.
Noah Igbinoghene is a CB prospect in the 2020 draft class out of Auburn.— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) March 2, 2020
He posted a great #RAS with good size, good speed, great explosiveness, at the CB position.https://t.co/x6gfI5tZ97 pic.twitter.com/hnWYojcvTq
There’s also defensive lineman Marlon Davidson, who could fit Detroit’s down defensive end role or even play three-tech as a pass rushing interior defender. Davidson was at the Senior Bowl, but played for the team that wasn’t coached by the Lions. He turned heads at practice, but didn’t play at the game because of an injury.
Other players the Lions may be interested in include edge defender Nick Coe, cornerback Javaris Davis—who did play for the Lions-coached North squad at the Senior Bowl—and even punter Arryn Siposs.