The Lions did not draft a pass catching tight end, which was somewhat of a surprise since both Brandon Pettigrew and Tony Scheffler are entering the final year of their contracts.

They did draft a very promising traditional tight end in the seventh round, Michael Williams from Alabama, to replace veteran Will Heller. He might be good enough to step in and be the third tight end, but he's not going to offer the same receiving threat of Scheffler or Pettigrew.

"He has some deficiencies in the receiving department, but it's not like he can't catch," tight ends coach Bobby Johnson said. "He's just not going to be that down-the-field, vertical threat."

There is, however, an intriguing, downfield pass-catching tight end project on the roster.

The Lions have decided to convert receiver Dominique Curry to tight end.

Curry went undrafted out of California University of Pennsylvania but made the Rams roster in 2010 and spent two seasons there as a special teams ace.

He had ACL surgery in 2010. He was cut by the Lions before last season, but they signed him to a futures contract after the season and changed his position.

He is 6-2 and came to camp at 225 pounds last season, so he will probably have to add weight. Scheffler played at 255 last season.