Detroit Lions: Max Bullough

The all-star games are over. The combine, which is the next area for potential draftees to prove anything, is less than a month away.

Many of the players selected in May's draft will come from these three all-star games or from underclassmen who decided the time was right to turn professional. Over the next two weeks, pairing with our position outlook series, we'll take a quick preview look and look back at some names to become familiar with over the next four months as the NFL draft process crawls along.

Today continues with linebackers. This is a somewhat high position of need for Detroit, mostly for depth purposes as it would be tough to replace either DeAndre Levy or Stephen Tulloch as a starter. It is possible the team could look for someone to take Ashlee Palmer's place, but this could be a mid-round selection.

Also changing the format of this a little bit since the all-star games have concluded.

Previous looks: Quarterbacks; Running backs; Wide receivers; tight ends; Offensive tackles; Interior linemen; Defensive ends; Defensive tackles
  • Lamin Barrow (6-foot-1 1/4, 229, LSU) Led LSU with 91 tackles and also had 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks. Had 230 tackles in his career. Participated in the Senior Bowl. No. 9 outside linebacker.
  • Dion Bailey (6-0, 210, USC) Played nickel at USC last season, but has also been a linebacker. Left college with a year remaining. Had 61 tackles and five interceptions last season. No. 13 outside linebacker.
  • Jonathan Brown (6-0 1/2, 224, Illinois) Led the Illini with 119 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and five sacks. Also had four pass breakups. No. 16 outside linebacker.
  • Denicos Allen (5-10 1/2, 225, Michigan State) Led the Spartans with 98 tackles and had 16.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. Also had 10 quarterback hurries and 15 quarterback hits. No. 21 outside linebacker.
  • Max Bullough (6-2 7/8, 265, Michigan State) Made 76 tackles and had 9.5 tackles for loss and 10 quarterback hurries. Was suspended for a violation of team rules for the Rose Bowl. No. 4 inside linebacker.
  • Yawin Smallwood (6-2 1/8, 235, Connecticut) Made 118 tackles, had 9.5 tackles for loss and four sacks. Declared for the NFL draft with one season of eligibility remaining. No. 5 inside linebacker.
  • Dede Lattimore (5-11 3/4, 237, South Florida) Started all but one game in his college career. Had 98 tackles this past season, including 5.5 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles and two sacks. No. 11 inside linebacker.
The first two of the three major college All-Star games are Saturday and this is the final in-game looks for a lot of players before they head to their various training facilities to prepare for combines and pro days.

And for some players, this will be the last time they play a meaningful football game.

Considering some of Detroit's needs in May's draft, here are some players to watch for the Shrine game (4 p.m. ET, NFL Network) and the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl (6 p.m. ET, ESPN2). The big game, the Senior Bowl, is next week.

And a disclaimer: There's a long, long way between now and the draft and these are just a smattering of players who fit profiles of what Detroit might look for.

Shrine Game: (Here's a link to our coverage of the practices this week Insider) (Link to rosters)


Seantavius Jones, Valdosta State (No. 81 West): Listed at 6-foot-3 1/8, 209 pounds. Colleague Steve Muench described him like this in one of his reports this week: "He also has a wide catching radius and can catch the ball away from his frame. One area where he can improve is consistency. He caught the ball with his body more and more as the practice progressed." No. 69 receiver on ESPN's board.

Matt Hazel, Coastal Carolina (No. 84 East): Listed at 6-3, 190, Muench describes him as so: "He tracked the ball well, extended his arms as he dove and didn't let the ground jar the ball loose." No. 49 receiver.

Jeremy Gallon, Michigan (No. 80 East): Listed at 5-foot-8, 187. He will be very familiar to Lions fans and has above average leaping ability and hands for his size. No. 65 receiver.

Tight ends:

Crockett Gilmore, Colorado State (No. 8 East): Listed at 6-6, 245. Gilmore is the No. 14 tight end on the ESPN board. Three-year starter for the Rams who caught 43 passes for 553 yards last season.


Max Bullough, Michigan State (No. 44 East): Bullough is another well-known name to Lions fans since he played for the Spartans. Was suspended for the Rose Bowl. Is rated as the No. 4 inside linebacker and No. 94 overall player.

Defensive backs:

Shaquille Richardson, CB, Arizona (No. 5 West): 6-0 1/8, 194. Here's what Muench said about him: "Has 10-inch hands and made it look easy, snatching the ball out of the air during position-specific drills."

Rashaad Reynolds, CB, Oklahoma State (No. 16 West): Here's what Muench wrote about him: "Tracked the ball well on an over-the-shoulder catch during individual drills. Though he slipped transitioning out of his backpedal on one rep during one-on-ones, for the most part, the 5-9 3/4, 191-pound Reynolds showed good balance and fluidity." No. 19 cornerback.

NFLPA Collegiate Bowl (Link to rosters):


Isaiah Burse, Fresno State (No. 80, National): Listed at 6-foot-1, 187 pounds. From Todd McShay Insider: "Burse was a highly productive player for the Bulldogs as one of QB Derek Carr’s top targets. He is a classic slot receiver and return specialist who is really good with the ball in his hands. He stood out as the quickest and most polished among the receivers when it came to plucking the ball and then getting upfield. He showed really quick feet and hands." No. 71 receiver.

Tight end:

Chris Coyle, Arizona State (No. 88, American): Listed at 6-foot-3, 222 pounds. Caught 57 passes for 696 yards and five touchdowns in 2012, followed by 29 catches for 423 yards and four touchdowns this season.

Defensive backs:

C.J. Barnett, S, Ohio State (No. 24 American): Barnett is the No. 12 safety on the board. Listed at 5-11 7/8, 201. Made 152 tackles in his career with four interceptions.

Special teams:

Cairo Santos, K, Tulane (No. 9, National): Santos, rated as the No. 2 kicker on the ESPN board, had a rough 2013 (16-23 field goals) but was perfect in 2012, making all 21 of his attempts.