The Detroit Lions hosted former North Carolina linebacker Zach Brown and Nevada defensive end Kaelin Burnett on predraft visits Tuesday, according to team reporter Tim Twentyman.
Last season, Brown led the Tar Heels with 105 tackles, while also recording five and 1/2 sacks, three interceptions and three forced fumbles. He is expected to come off the board somewhere in the middle of the second round due to his lightning speed. Via Twentyman:
Brown ran the 100-meter dash in 10.6 seconds in high school and set the North Carolina school record in the indoor 60-meter dash as a sophomore. That speed has also translated well to the football field.
The Lions are set as far as starting linebackers go, but could certainly use depth at the position, especially from someone with Brown's speed. Burnett, meanwhile, was way down NFL draft boards until he also impressed scouts with his speed at Nevada's Pro Day.
In 13 games as a starter in 2011, he recorded 51 tackles, eight tackles for loss and five sacks. Burnett was not invited to the combine, but turned some heads at Nevada’s Pro Day March 21 when he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.55 seconds.
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