Marqise Lee hoping to be drafted by Detroit Lions

Former USC wide receiver Marqise Lee isn't tipping his hand about where in the NFL draft he expects to be chosen, but after paying a visit to the Detroit Lions, the projected first-rounder certainly sounds like he's identified his best-case scenario.

Lee, one of several wide receivers who could still be available late in the first round, knows the Lions have shown a strong interest in various prospects at the position. And he'd love to land in Detroit, which holds the 10th-overall pick.

"Think I did pretty well, left a good impression, so hopefully, at the end of the day, I end up going there. If not, wherever I end up," Lee said, according to the Detroit Free Press. "Honestly, to tell you the truth, I'm going to be happy wherever I go down. If it's 10, it's 10. If it's 29, it's 29. It doesn't matter to me, as long as I get the opportunity to actually go out there and play."

According to the report, at least half a dozen wide receivers have been through the Lions' facility in recent weeks. The club has a definite need at cornerback, as NFL Network analyst Charley Casserly pointed out on "Path to the Draft" Wednesday, but he also pointed out that Detroit might be in a position to draft in the first round with a "best player available" philosophy.

As such, the prospect of pairing a dynamic rookie receiver opposite veteran star Calvin Johnson could prove too appealing for general manager Martin Mayhew to pass up. Texas A&M star Mike Evans could be an option for the Lions as well.

Lee has been busy himself, having also visited the Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles. None of them, however, have a pick higher than Detroit.

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