Kevin Smith, Leonard Davis and 24 Other Players Work Out with Detroit Lions

Derek TislerContributor INovember 6, 2011

ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: Kevin Smith #34  of the Detroit Lions runs against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 14, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York. The Bills won 14-12.   (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Earlier in the week while the Detroit Lions were on a bye, the organization hosted a workout with prospective players. 

The players who received the most attention from fans in Detroit were former Lions running back Kevin Smith and former Cowboys offensive guard Leonard Davis.

Smith was selected by Detroit in the third round of the 2008 NFL draft and was the leading rusher for Detroit during that season. After three seasons with the Lions, the team let him in 2011. With how much the Lions have struggled to run the ball so far this year and the uncertainty surrounding Jahvid Best, Smith could be a solid option to give the Lions a little more depth at one of their weakest positions.

Veteran offensive guard Leonard Davis was selected second overall in the 2001 NFL draft by the Arizona Cardinals. After six seasons with the Cardinals, Davis signed with the Dallas Cowboys where he became one of the better offensive linemen in the league. He was selected to play in the Pro Bowl in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Since then, Davis' performance has declined and his salary became too expensive, leading to his release prior to the 2011 season. Davis is another guy who can bring experience and depth to a weak spot in the Detroit Lions offense.

Some of the other big names invited to the work out this past Thursday include former Steelers wide receiver Antwaan Randle-El and former Packers quarterback Brian Brohm.

A full list of the players can be found here.

What does this mean for the Detroit Lions? Most likely nothing. The Lions organization appears to be continuing scouting just to be prepared for any injuries that may hit Detroit in the second half of the season. However, as Lions fans have seen over the past few years, injuries occur frequently in the NFL and you never know who might have to step up to fill an open spot.

One of these 24 players may end up playing a key role as the Detroit Lions look to make a run for their first playoff appearance since 1999.