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2012 NFL Draft: Lions Work Out 17 Local Prospects

The Detroit Lions held a private workout for 17 local draft prospects Wednesday, according to Lions reporter Tim Twentyman.

The Lions are only allowed 30 pre-draft visits, but each NFL team is also allowed to invite local prospects to work out who don't count against the 30. A local prospect is defined as a player from a college or university in the city the team plays in or a player who went to high school or whose legal guardians lives within the city of Detroit or its contiguous suburbs.

The workout was described as "combine-style" and included Michigan State running back Edwin Baker, Michigan State wide receiver Keshawn Martin and Notre Dame running back Jonas Gray, whose hometown is Pontiac, Mich.

Baker is considered one of the better running backs in the draft and should be drafted somewhere in the middle rounds. Last season, he ran 170 times for 665 yards and five touchdowns. In 2010, he carried 207 times for 1,201 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Martin caught 66 passes for 777 yards and four touchdowns last season. Gray had 12 touchdowns in his final eight games, amassing 791 yards on 114 carries on the season, but he tore his ACL against Boston College in the Fighting Irish's second-to last regular season game.

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