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Jake Butt, Ryan Glasgow could be final draft day fits for Lions

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Lions expecting a big Day 3 (1:14)

The Detroit Lions hit needs in the first two days of the draft, finding an impact linebacker and two important depth pieces. Expect more of the same on Day 3, when the Lions have six picks. (1:14)

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions addressed their biggest need. They finally added a tall corner in the draft as well as a receiver that has the size and speed to develop into a starter down the road.

Now, heading into the final day of the NFL draft, the Lions are going to be looking for depth more than anything else with their six picks over four rounds.

“We want to add depth to our team. We want to add as many playmakers as we can,” Lions general manager Bob Quinn said. “I think there’s plenty of players on the board that can help our team. It’s just a matter of the cost and the value of where we take ‘em, but the board looks pretty good right now and we’re excited to get back in there and keep tweaking it a little bit and then seeing how the chips fall tomorrow.”

With that in mind, here are some players left on the board that might intrigue the Lions at potential positions of need.

Jake Butt, TE, Michigan: If he had not torn his ACL against Florida State, Butt would likely have been drafted on either Thursday or Friday night. The Lions have the depth necessary to be OK at the position in 2017, but Butt could be a steal at this point if Detroit is willing to be patient with him. He’s a good-sized route-runner who can figure out the blocking.

Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma: He’s a bigger power back who is the short-yardage back the Lions lack. Based on his size -- 5-foot-11, 233 pounds -- he could be a hybrid halfback/fullback that would offer the positional flexibility Detroit could want in a depth rusher.

Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn: It’s somewhat surprising to see Lawson on the board, but ACL and hip injuries in college likely contributed to that. He’s a strong pass-rusher who has speed and production with 13.5 tackles for loss and nine sacks last season. Detroit can bring him along slowly if it drafts him as long as his medical evaluations show he can play.

Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech: Like Butt, he has good height at 6-6 and could be a steal in the fourth or fifth round for Detroit if he were to pan out. That’s likely why he’s still on the board. There was some inconsistency at Virginia Tech despite a good final season. If he is there at No. 124 or No. 127, he might be a strong value play.

Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego State: He’s the opposite of Perine as a tiny back, but he had great production with 6,405 yards and 62 touchdowns in his career. His usage at San Diego State could be a concern (he had 1,159 career touches), but at some point the value becomes too great to pass up. He could also solve some problems for Detroit at returner, too.

Alek Torgersen, QB, Pennsylvania: He’s a likely late-, late-round pick, but Bob Quinn believes in the philosophy of drafting a quarterback every year or every other year to develop and create competition. Jake Rudock is the likely backup, but a cerebral player like Torgersen would be a good addition to the quarterback room either on the 53-man roster or the practice squad.

Wayne Gallman, RB, Clemson: He has good ball security and good hands. He’s shown good acceleration and is not afraid of contact -- and picking up yards after contact. If he’s there in the fifth round, he could be a good pickup.

Michael Roberts, TE, Toledo: More of a blocker and a red zone threat, he’s more like Darren Fells than Eric Ebron. But Fells is on a one-year deal and the Lions could take Roberts, develop him and then have him eventually replace Fells if he learns to be an in-line blocker.

Isaac Rochell, DE, Notre Dame: He has the size to play the edge-setting end spot on early downs and kick inside on passing downs, much like Detroit will use Cornelius Washington and Kerry Hyder. He’s more of a 3-4 player, but in the sixth round, the Lions could develop him as a defensive lineman.

Ryan Glasgow, DT, Michigan: The brother of Lions offensive lineman Graham Glasgow, he could become a value pick on Day 3. He’s going to be a good rotational run-stopper in the NFL. The Lions have a couple of tackles who can rush the passer in A’Shawn Robinson and Khyri Thornton. Glasgow could give them a young run-stuffer to develop and they are already familiar with the family.

Shalom Luani, S, Washington State: The Lions would likely take him as a player they hope would contribute early on special teams and develop into a strong safety. He has extreme athleticism from playing soccer as a child and that type of player could be intriguing late.

Ben Boulware, LB, Clemson: Depth is still a question at linebacker and Boulware is the perfect late-round player who could develop into an elite special-teams player with serviceable skills as an in-a-pinch inside linebacker. He’s very instinctual and while he isn’t fast, he always found ways to make plays at Clemson. He’s a potential seventh-round pick.