Although Detroit used the #2 overall pick in the 2010 draft to select a defensive tackle, they may be considering acquiring another player at that position through the Supplemental Draft which takes place on July 15.
Jonathan Price-Brent, a defensive tackle from the University of Illinois, declared himself for the Supplemental Draft after he was declared academically ineligible for the 2010 collegiate season.
Price-Brent held a workout for pro teams today, and Gil Brandt from NFL.com reported that he looked good. More interesting to Lions fans is that, while 18 teams sent representatives to observe the workout, Detroit was one of only four franchises that sent their personnel directors (the others being San Franscisco, Green Bay and New Orleans).
Price-Brent was measured at just under 6’2″ and 321 pounds. He ran the 40-yard dash in 5.38 seconds (not exactly blazing, but he is a defensive tackle after all) and he did a respectable 22 reps on the bench press. He started every game for the Illini in 2009, amassing 29 tackles (7 for a loss) and 3 sacks.
If the Lions opted to bid for him, they would likely have to give up at least a 6th round and possibly a 5th round pick in the 2011 draft to get him. It is hard to imagine that they would make such a move, though.
Not only did they spend a first-round pick on DT Ndomukong Suh in the 2010 draft, they also traded a 5th round pick to Cleveland in exchange for DT Corey Williams and a 7th round pick. Moreover, the Lions already have a number of young developmental defensive tackles already on the roster, such as Sammie Lee Hill, Andre Fluellen and Landon Cohen.
In other words, whereas the defensive line has been a weakness for the team in recent years, offseason moves have already shored up the defensive tackle position. Therefore, unless the Lions saw something truly special in Price-Brent today, don’t expect them to be calling his name next week.