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Even though the Lions appear in pretty good shape at offensive tackle, the outstanding workouts from several players at that position could alter the team's view.
When Taylor Lewan, all 6'7" and 309 pounds of him, ran an official 4.87 in the 40 and rocked everyone with a 1.64 10-yard split, he announced his presence with authority as someone the Lions need to consider in the first round.
The same could be said about Auburn's Greg Robinson, but his unbelievable workout numbers ensured he will be off the board by the 10th pick.
Nevada's Joel Bitonio, pictured above, put himself into the second-round conversation with an impressive display of athleticism. If his goal was to send teams scurrying back to watch more tape, Joe Marino of Buffalo Bills Draft suggests they check out his UCLA game:
Even a later-round guy like Boston College's Matt Patchan, who also broke the vaunted five-second mark in the 40 and looked very lithe in agility drills, has to merit consideration. His medical evaluation will play a role in how much interest the Lions have, however; he missed two full years with injures, as noted by College Football Talk.
With incumbent starters Riley Reiff and LaAdrian Waddle both offering positional versatility, it behooves the Lions not to look past some of the athletically gifted tackles in the draft. The impressive combine performances of guys like Lewan and Bitonio reinforce that potential in Detroit.