Source: Conner to meet with Lions, Cowboys

From Joe Fortenbaugh and Wes Bunting:

Fullback John Conner will fly to Detroit to meet with the Lions on March 29, according to a league source.

The 5’11”, 240-pound fullback rushed for 158 yards and two scores on 31 carries for the 7-6 Kentucky Wildcats in 2009. Conner is currently the No. 1 rated fullback on the NFP draft board.

The news of Conner’s trip to meet with the Lions comes on the heels of reports that the team is hosting defensive tackles Gerald McCoy (Oklahoma) and Ndamukong Suh (Nebraska) Thursday in Detroit.

In addition to his trip to Detroit, Conner will also be meeting with the Dallas Cowboys on March 31.

Let’s turn it over to NFP draft guru Wes Bunting for the lowdown on Conner:

Conner is a thick fullback prospect with broad shoulders and a physically put-together frame. He showcases a good first step off the ball as a lead blocker and gets into the line of scrimmage quickly. He displays good patience and body control when asked to break down in space and delivers a powerful initial jolt on contact. But he doesn't play with his hands, has a tendency to lower his shoulder into blocks and delivers a good initial blow but fails to stick to defenders through the play. He does a nice job reaching blocks on the outside when asked to pull. ??

He breaks down well in space, but doesn't exhibit the same body control when asked to cut down defenders. Conner has a tendency to whiff on blocks. He showcases good power as a runner, has an above-average first step and hits the hole quickly, but he can get a bit upright and lacks wiggle to his game. He has the power and body control to make his way as an NFL lead blocker but needs to do a better job using his hands and sticking through contact. ??

Grade: 6.6

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