With the second overall pick in April’s NFL draft, the Lions have been linked most closely with Oklahoma’s Gerald McCoy and Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh — widely considered the top two defensive tackles in the draft. But league sources maintain that Oklahoma State’s Russell Okung, a left tackle, remains high on the Lions’ radar because protecting quarterback Matthew Stafford is a top priority.
With Oklahoma and Oklahoma State holding their respective pro days Tuesday and Wednesday, the Lions sent a group of people to McCoy’s workout as well as a contingent that included general manager Martin Mayhew to watch Okung up close.
The Lions, who would eagerly move down in the draft, spent considerable time with Okung at the combine, and it’s well within reason that he could be in play at the No. 2 pick or slightly back should the team trade down.