For the second time in two days the Detroit Lions hosted a wide receiver from Tennessee as one of their 30 pre-draft visits.
Friday it was Cordarrelle Patterson according to the team web site. His teammate Justin Hunter visited on Thursday.
Patterson who is 6-foot-2 and 216 pounds is ranked as the top receiver and 10th best overall draft prospect by CBSsports.com and is projected as a first-round pick.
Patterson is “one of the most explosive, raw athletes in this draft and is one of the most dangerous with the ball in his hands” according to ESPN Insider Todd McShay.
Patterson is ranked as the second-best wide receiver, behind West Virginia’s Tavon Austin, by draft analyst Mel Kiper.
He would be a real reach for the Lions at No. 5 and their chances of moving down seem slim because it’s not likely that many teams would want to move up in this draft.
But in 2010 they moved up to draft Jahvid Best late in the first round so it could happen.
Patterson and Hunter (6-foot-4) both have the size advantage over Austin who is just 5-foot-9.
The Lions need a wide receiver to replace Titus Young who was released on Feb. 4.