It hadn’t been previously reported that Oregon running back LaMichael James would be in Detroit to visit with the Lions but it certainly appears that is the case according to James’ twitter account:
Up early in Detroit weather is great…
— LaMichael James (@LaMichaelJames) March 21, 2012
With Jahvid Best and Mikel Leshoure expected to return to the team in full health and the Lions working to bring Kevin Smith back to the team, would they draft LaMichael James?
It would certainly be in Martin Mayhew’s style to do so if James was available at a spot that the Lions considered the value to be too high to pass up. The Lions interest has to be considered real beyond just having him in for a visit. Jim Schwartz personally attended the Oregon Pro Day last week – he and Marvin Lewis were the only head coaches named in the report on NFL.com.
The Pro Day performance was considered a good one for James, here are some of his comments following the workout:
A lot remains to be seen how the rest of the draft process plays out and whether or not LaMichael James is ever in a position where the Lions like his value. Fans would also be wise to remember that the team expressed no interest in Jahvid Best leading up to the 2010 draft because they liked him so much and didn’t want other teams to know of their interest. It would seem that using the opposite strategy with James is possible but not probable considering the time invested in having Schwartz make the trip to Oregon.