Manti Te’o came into Detroit on Tuesday for a pre-draft visit according to the Lions web site.
Te’o, who played middle linebacker at Notre Dame, is projected as a mid- to late first-round pick.
The Lions have Stephen Tulloch, who is signed through 2016, at middle linebacker. There is an opening at outside linebacker since Justin Durant was not re-signed. Ashlee Palmer, Travis Lewis and Tahir Whitehead are expected to compete for that position.
Te’o had a solid senior season for the Irish and was the Heisman Trophy runner-up. Then he had a sub-par effort in the National Championship game against Alabama.
After that game it was revealed that his girlfriend who had supposedly died during the season, was a fake. He has said he thought she was real. It seems he was the victim of a hoax. He has been carefully scrutinized since.
Te’o ran a disappointing 4.82 at the Combine, but improved at his Notre Dame Pro Day which put him back into the first-round discussion.
The Lions have the fifth overall pick in the first round of the draft which runs April 25-27.