It sounds like a busy day today at 222 Republic Drive in Allen Park, Michigan.
That’s the home of the Detroit Lions, who are hosting potential draft pick Russell Okung for a visit Monday. Also en route is restricted free agent DT Anthony Hargrove, according to NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora.
Okung, who many consider the best of a highly regarded group of offensive tackles (including NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock), is a candidate as the No. 2 overall pick by the Lions, along with DTs Gerald McCoy and Ndamukong Suh. Both McCoy and Suh are expected to visit the Lions as well, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Detroit is the first stop on Okung’s official visits to NFL teams, according to the team’s official site. Teams are allowed to bring in up to 30 potential draft picks, although don’t discount some of the smoke and mirrors subterfuge that takes place.
The Hargrove visit presents an interesting angle. Should the Lions move on Hargrove — he would cost a third-round pick as compensation — that investment is a likely sign they plan to go in another direction with their first pick. Which is where a tackle — Okung, perhaps — enters into the conversation.
Maybe both are future Lions.