- Michael Rothstein, ESPN Detroit Lions reporter
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The Detroit Lions are clearly in the market for a kick returner.
The Lions brought in their fifth pre-draft visitor with return capabilities on Friday, playing host to William & Mary wide receiver Tre McBride. The 6-foot, 210-pound McBride ran a 4.41-second 40-yard dash at the NFL combine in February.
He's the No. 18 receiver and No. 114 player overall according to ESPN/Scouts Inc. and could be available in the third-round area when the Lions select. He's listed with above-average ball skills along with average big-play ability and separation.
McBride was primarily a receiver and kick returner for William & Mary, catching 196 passes for 2,653 yards and 19 touchdowns in his career. He also had 56 kick returns for 1,294 yards.
He joins J.J. Nelson (UAB), Kaelin Clay (Utah), Tyler Lockett (Kansas State) and Marcus Murphy (Missouri) as recent return candidates the Lions have brought in for pre-draft visits. In all, the Lions have brought in seven receivers, five defensive tackles, four cornerbacks, four offensive linemen and three running backs for pre-draft visits so far.
The Lions brought in their fifth pre-draft visitor with return capabilities on Friday.