Running back Onterio McCalebb visited the Lions on Monday as one of their 30 pre-draft visits.
McCalebb (Auburn) is undersized at 5-foot-10 and 168 pounds, but it’s his speed and versatility that could make him a late, late round pick. He may not be durable enough as a running back, but it’s his kick return ability that could interest teams.
He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.34 at the Combine and ran an unofficial 4.29 at Auburn’s Pro Day on March 5. He also was measured with a 37-inch vertical leap at his Pro Day, three inches higher than at the Combine.
"When I was up there at the Combine, all the coaches asked what are your weaknesses and your strengths. I told them my strength is running and my weakness is catching the ball and blocking. But, you can always get better at everything you do,’’ McCalebb said on his Pro Day according to Dayne Young of WRBL TV 3 News.
He sees himself as a player who returns kicks and can be used as a third-down back and receiver on the edge. Some teams asked him to go through defensive back drills at his Pro Day even though he hasn’t played cornerback since high school.
The Lions seem set at running back with the addition of Reggie Bush. Mikel Leshoure and Joique Bell carried the load last season.
McCalebb is projected as a seventh-round pick or free agent.