Today’s visiting draft prospects included Oklahoma RB DeMarco Murray and Missouri DE Aldon Smith.
With Detroit being the first visit for Murray, he felt the whole process went well, especially meeting with running backs coach Sam Gash, who Murray says he can easily envision playing for in the future.
Murray on his impressions of the coaching staff: “Each meeting that I’ve had so far, I thought, went really well. Coach Gash is a great guy, definitely seems like someone I could play for and someone that can relate to his players. He’s done it first hand, he’s been a part of it and knows and understands what it means to be a running back and a fullback.”
While Murray feels he’d be a good compliment to Lions’ RB Jahvid Best in the backfield, he’s also confident that he would add value on special teams with his elusiveness and speed.
Murray on his skill set: “I’m someone that can not only run the ball, but also catch the ball out of the backfield, line up at the receiver spot anywhere, pick up blitzes and do well on special teams – wherever they put me I’ll excel and help the team out.”
Detroit marks the second visit for Smith, who especially enjoyed getting the opportunity to sit down with defensive line coach Kris Kocurek.
Smith: “I definitely like coach Kris Kocurek, our meeting went well and I would love to play out here. He showed me how the d-line attacks everything and I really like their style.”
Smith expressed a genuine interest towards the Lions’ defensive system and feels it would be a perfect fit.
Smith on the Lions’ defensive system: “I think I could get out and unleash everything. As far as everyone hustling to the ball, we watched a lot of cut-ups (of Lions’ film) and oh man, they get after it. Everybody gets after it and you can see why they got 40 sacks, the way that everyone just runs to the ball regardless of how much you weigh, everybody gets to the ball.”
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