Lions UDFA profile: OL Alex Bullard

May, 14, 2014
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The Detroit Lions announced their undrafted free agents Monday afternoon -- 11 of them in all -- and over the next few days you'll get brief primers on all of them here as the team prepares for rookie minicamp this weekend.

Other profiles: OT Cornelius Lucas; QB James Franklin; FB Chad Abram

Name: Alex Bullard

Position: Offensive lineman

School: Tennessee (transferred from Notre Dame)

ESPN pre-draft position rank: No. 89 offensive tackle

Career college stats: Played in 36 games at Tennessee, starting 25 on the offensive line -- some at guard and some at center. Also played 10 games at tight end as a junior in 2012.

Depth chart he's looking at: Starters -- Larry Warford; Dominic Raiola; Rob Sims. Depth: Darren Keyton; Rodney Austin; Travis Swanson.

Chances of making it to camp: 90 percent. Bullard's versatility is key here. He could play anywhere from tackle -- where he was listed on the ESPN.com rankings -- to guard and even center. Unless he shows up in terrible shape or gets hurt, he should be in camp and might have a shot at a practice squad spot.

Why him: As mentioned above, versatility. Instead of having to worry about bringing in guards, tackles and centers during minicamps and training camp, they can plug-and-play Bullard anywhere they would like on the offensive line. That type of flexibility can become attractive to rosters, especially one in which there are depth spots to be won at tackle, guard and center. Having someone who can competently play all of them in an emergency would be attractive to most coaches out there as it would potentially open up roster spots for other positions across the board. When a team -- like Detroit -- is trying to remake its roster in the mold of their new coaches, that type of player is critical to being able to make that transition quicker. This should bode well for Bullard and for the Lions, at least through camp as he can allow the Lions to potentially cycle more players through knowing he has those abilities if necessary.

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ESPN Detroit Lions reporter

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