UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers visited the Detroit Lions’ training and practice facility today, marking the second visit for the draft prospect.
Ayers, who was voted by Detroitlions.com fans as the No. 1 player they wanted to see highlighted during the NFL Scouting Combine, enjoyed meeting with Lions’ coaches and has been impressed with the way the defense has evolved over the past two seasons.
Ayers: “They’re good coaches and they definitely know what they’re doing. I’ve already seen a lot of (Lions) football and the organization, especially from a defensive standpoint, and as a defensive player, has really gotten things together around here.”
After a successful three-year career for the Bruins, playing both defensive end and outside linebacker, Ayers offers a versatile skill set that has potential to fit well in Detroit’s defensive system.
Ayers: “I’ve pretty much been a sound 4-3 linebacker at UCLA and really started rushing the passer at the end of my Sophomore season and my Junior year. I bring a lot of versatility. I give the coaches a lot of different options, different ways to use me and just ways to make the defense better whether it’s keeping a linebacker on the field, instead of bringing a nickel (package) in, it basically gives the coaches a lot more options and a lot of hard play.”
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