Lions host Utah cornerback Eric Rowe

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
Many analysts have CB Eric Rowe as a Day 2 pick in the NFL draft.

The Lions' search for cornerback depth continued Wednesday as they hosted Utah prospect Eric Rowe on a pre-draft visit in Allen Park.

Most analysts consider the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Rowe a Day 2 pick, but CBS Sports' Dane Brugler projects him to go No. 30 in the first round in his current mock draft.

Rowe was a three-year starter at free safety before Utah moved him to cornerback as a senior to take advantage of his long frame. Most NFL analysts view him as a cornerback more than a safety, and his combine numbers were comparable to the top cornerbacks with a 4.45-second 40-yard dash, 39-inch vertical, 125-inch broad jump and 3.97-second 20-yard shuttle.

Rowe is a sound tackler after having 261 during his four years in college. As a senior, he had one interception, which he returned for a touchdown, and 13 pass break-ups.

The Lions recently signed cornerback Josh Wilson, but he'll likely compete for snaps in the slot. The team still needs a rangy cornerback to backup Darius Slay and Rashean Mathis, which it will likely find in the draft.

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