Clowney visits with Lions ahead of draft

Jadeveon Clowney is an incredibly gifted athlete who could make a tremendous impact from Day 1 in the NFL.

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The Detroit Lions, who currently hold the No. 10 overall pick in the NFL Draft, confirmed that South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney made a visit Wednesday to their headquarters in Allen Park, Mich.

Could Clowney fall to No. 10? Of course not.

But there’s been widespread speculation that the Lions are interested in swinging a deal to move up in the draft, which begins on May 8, presumably to take Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins.

Clowney could be the first pick overall, and Watkins might be No. 2.

The thought of putting Clowney on the same defensive line with Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley inside, and Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah at the other end, is quite intriguing, to say the least.

It also would be costly in terms of what the Lions would have to give up for one of the top two picks.

If nothing else, they seem to be doing their homework on all the possible options out there for them.

It also doesn’t hurt to show the fan base that they’re trying to do whatever it takes to deliver a winning product, or at least leave that impression.

Clowney is best known for a vicious hit he put on Michigan running back Vince Smith, who lost not only the football but also his helmet, in the 2013 Outback Bowl.

Many analysts, however, are questioning Clowney’s passion for the game following some lethargic performances last season.

One thing that can’t be argued: Clowney, like Watkins, is an incredibly gifted athlete who could make a tremendous impact from day one in the NFL.

Will it be in a Lions’ uniform? Don’t hold breath, but don’t completely dismiss it, either.