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Lions get closer look at OT D.J. Humphries

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
D.J. Humphries

Some analysts believe Florida's D.J. Humphries is the best offensive tackle in this year's NFL draft, and on Thursday, the Lions hosted him in Allen Park for a closer look.

The 6-foot-5, 307-pound Humphries started 10 games at left game for the Gators last year as a junior, missing two due to injury. He also missed the second half of his sophomore season with a knee injury.

But Humphries has many of the physical traits scouts look for in an NFL left tackle with long arms, big hands and quickness, ranking in the top 14 at the combine in the 20-yard shuttle and three-cone drill.

Many analysts have different opinions of the pecking order among offensive tackles in this draft, but Humphries is in the top five for most of them. The NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah said Monday that he thinks Humphries is the top tackle in the draft and ranks him as the No. 17 prospect overall.

And while many of the other top prospects could fit at right tackle or guard, Humphries projects specifically as a left tackle.

Even though Riley Reiff has been solid in his two years at left tackle, the Lions could look to upgrade that spot in the draft and move Reiff to right tackle with hopes of improving two positions.

The Lions have used 22 of their 30 allotted pre-draft visits. Among those visits were two of the other top tackle prospects, Penn State's Donovan Smith and Texas A&M's Cedric Ogbuehi.

In addition to Humphries, the Lions also hosted Missouri running back Marcus Murphy. Though Murphy had 1,136 yards from scrimmage last year, he projects as a Day 3 pick in this year's loaded running back class.

The Lions might be interested in Murphy as a returner. He had seven return touchdowns the last three years, four on punts and three on kickoffs.

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