OLB Akeem Ayers visits the Lions
The Lions brought in OLB Akeem Ayers today (Tuesday) for one of their 30 allotted player visits.
Ayers, who played both inside and outside for UCLA, is considered by some to be a better fit in a 3-4 system. But obviously the Lions saw something they like in the 6-foot-4, 255-pound linebacker.
“They’re good coaches and they definitely know what they’re doing. I’ve already seen a lot of (Lions) football and the organization, especially from a defensive standpoint, and as a defensive player, has really gotten things together around here,’’ Ayers told the Lions web site reporter.
The National Football Post ranks Ayers as the second-best OLB in the draft, but in the mock draft has him going late in the first round -- 30th to the Jets.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper has him going 21st in his latest mock draft. He has the Lions drafting OT Tyron Smith (USC) with 13th overall pick in the first round. The draft is set for April 28-30.
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