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Detroit Lions NFL combine preview: Tight ends

2/11/2015

The NFL's annual scouting combine begins next week, so we're going to take you through every position at the combine and give brief profiles of players the Detroit Lions may be looking at in Indianapolis.

The bios are working off a best guess of who the Lions might peek at based off of round, skill and need -- although all of the invites from the official site will be listed at the bottom.

Previous draft previews by position

Rory "Busta" Anderson, South Carolina (6-5, 227): Rated as the No. 13 tight end and No. 223 overall prospect by ESPN. He had 22 catches for 260 yards and a touchdown as a senior.

Nick O'Leary, Florida State (6-3, 247): Rated as the No. 4 tight end and No. 96 overall prospect. This is probably a little high for the Lions to consider a tight end, but if he were to fall to the third day, he could be an intriguing pickup. He had 48 catches for 618 yards and six touchdowns in 2014. He's also the grandson of Jack Nicklaus.

Ben Koyack, Notre Dame (6-5, 254): Rated as the No. 6 tight end and No. 140 overall prospect. He had 44 catches for 532 yards and five touchdowns in his career. The numbers might not look huge, but he was often playing behind other tight ends who are now in the NFL.

Cameron Clear, Texas A&M (6-6, 277): Rated as the No. 10 tight end and No. 192 overall prospect. He started at Tennessee, went to Arizona Western Community College and then transferred to Texas A&M. He had nine catches for 76 yards and one touchdown in his career. He is built more as a blocking tight end, though.

Blake Bell, Oklahoma (6-6, 260): He's the No. 23 tight end and the No. 308 overall prospect from ESPN. Transitioned from quarterback to tight end in 2014 and caught 16 passes for 214 yards and four touchdowns. He started most of the season at tight end and would be a project player at the position and probably a undrafted free agent.

Nick Boyle, Delaware (6-5, 273): Rated as the No. 7 tight end and No. 144 overall prospect by ESPN, Boyle was a FCS All-American and two-time All-CAA pick. He caught 101 passes for 984 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Newark (Delaware) Post said he was used more as a blocking tight end during his senior season.

MyCole Pruitt, Southern Illinois (6-2, 250): He was named the best tight end in Missouri Valley Conference history and a first-team FCS All-American by the AP and AFCA. He holds the Missouri Valley career records in receptions (211), yards (2,601) and touchdowns (25) for tight ends.

Others attending the combine: EJ Bibbs, Iowa State; Gerald Christian, Louisville; AJ Derby, Arkansas; Jeff Heuerman, Ohio State; Jesse James, Penn State; Tyler Kroft, Rutgers; Wes Saxton, South Alabama; Jean Sifrin, Massachusetts; Randall Telfer, USC; Eric Tomlinson, UTEP; Clive Walford, Miami (Fla.); Maxx Williams, Minnesota.