Lions GM Martin Mayhew agrees that free agent Cliff Avril is capable of fitting any defensive scheme.
Some 4-3 ends can't play in a 3-4. Some 3-4 linebackers can't play in a 4-3. But Avril is "scheme versatile," and that's going to pay dividends on the open market because everyone will want him. "He's a very good athlete," Mayhew said. "He could probably stand up, he could play right end, he could play left end. He could do a lot of different things, I think. He's a very talented guy, and I think he's got a lot of versatility."