The Detroit Lions, in the market for a left tackle in next month’s NFL Draft, hosted Texas A&M offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi at their facility in Allen Park, Mich., on Monday.
According to Lions Insider’s Tim Twentymen, Ogbuehi is still high on many draft boards despite a torn ACL sustained in the Aggies’ bowl game against West Virginia.
He started 11 games at left tackle last season, as well as two at right tackle due to injuries on the offensive line—his first action at left tackle after starting at both guard and right tackle during his first three seasons at Texas A&M.
“I never played left side before during my entire career, so I wanted to play left side and get comfortable and kind of come into the NFL knowing I could play both positions,” Ogbuehi said.
The knee injury has prevented the 6-foot-5, 306-pound linemen from working out for teams and kept him off the field at the NFL Scouting Combine last month.
Ogbuehi is considered a more athletic version of those two linemen, each of whom was a high pick in their respective draft years. Matthews was the sixth overall pick by the Atlanta Falcons in last year’s draft, while Joeckel went second overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013.