The Detroit Lions were one of the most active teams this offseason acquiring players. They added two former Seattle Seahawks to their offense: wide receiver Nate Burleson (signed as a free agent) and guard Rob Sims (via trade), but it was on defense where they made an impact. The Lions signed former Tennessee Titans defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch, and traded for former Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Corey Williams and former Atlanta Falcons cornerback Chris Houston.
Davis is regarded as a tweener, but has the ability to be an outstanding pass rusher at the next level.
Those three additions should bolster a woeful 2009 defensive unit.
Looking ahead to the draft, it’s probable that the Lions use the second overall pick to select Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh. It’s important that the Lions continue to stock up on defense, and by adding Suh it will only make things in Detroit that much better. But, the Lions should also look to add depth to their defensive line, and a player that the Lions may have their eyes on in the mid rounds is Louisiana-Lafayette defensive end Hall Davis. Scout.com has learned that the Lions will bring in the former Ragin’ Cajuns star for a visit on April 13th and 14th.
A two-year starter at Louisiana-Lafayette, Davis recorded 22 tackles, 4.5 for a loss, three sacks and an interception this past year. The 6-foot-4, 271-pound Davis was invited to the Scouting Combine and performed well in front of scouts; he ran a 4.84 in the 40 and benched 225 pounds 28 times. Davis didn’t participate in the vertical jump at the Combine, but he showcased his hops at his Pro Day on March 16th and posted a 34.5-inch vertical. At his Pro Day, Davis pulled up with a left hamstring injury, but showed his toughness and continued to workout.
Davis is currently the 20th rated defensive end listed on Scout.com’s 2010 NFL Draft Rankings.
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