- Michael Rothstein, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Detroit Lions announced their undrafted free agents on 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.
Name: Jacob Maxwell
Position: Tight end
ESPN pre-draft position rank: No. 63 tight end
Career College Stats: 35 games, 50 targets, 36 receptions, 377 yards, 6 TDs.
Chances of making it to camp: 75 percent.
Why him: Special teams. If there is one thing Detroit is not going to need, it is another tight end who even thinks about making plays. The Lions have Ebron, Pettigrew and Fauria to do that. Chances are those three tight ends end up making the roster for Detroit. If there is a fourth tight end, it will likely be one who can play extensively on teams and be a blocker if necessary.
That’s where Maxwell fits in. During his first two seasons at Louisiana-Lafayette he played teams and he had 10 special-teams tackles as a sophomore. If Maxwell has any shot at making the roster – or even practice squad – he would have to make a massive contribution on special teams during camp. He is more of a blocking tight end – think like a backup for Pettigrew – than he would be in the mold of Ebron or Fauria. For that reason, he is probably competing with Williams and Thompson, who can also long snap, for any potential roster spot.