Clemson held pro day activities for the 2014 NFL Draft hopefuls today and the Detroit Lions made a strong statement with their traveling party. While some teams may just send a scout to a pro day, the Lions had the big guns in South Carolina today to check out the Clemson products.
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With Sammy Watkins widely considered to be drafted ahead of the Lions’ pick at number 10, the presence of Mayhew and Caldwell may fuel speculation that the Lions would consider a move up the board. He would fill a huge need but the cost to move up means leaving another need unfilled.
Watkins is obviously the headliner but he isn’t the only potentially explosive wide receiver the school has to offer. Martavis Bryant is a tall, vertical threat the Lions could look to play opposite Calvin Johnson. Bryant needs to add strength and develop as a more complete route-runner but could be an option on day two and becomes an even better value play if he is available on day three.
Guard Brandon Thomas and cornerback Bashaud Breeland are also contenders to be selected in the top 100.
You can check out video from the Clemson pro day on ESPN3.com.