Detroit Lions: UDFA profiles

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.

Other profiles: OT Cornelius Lucas; QB James Franklin; FB Chad Abram; OL Alex Bullard; S Jerome Couplin; LB Justin Jackson; DB Gabe Lynn; TE Jacob Maxwell; OG D.J. Morrell; WR Andrew Peacock

Name: Mohammed Seisay

Position: Defensive back

School: Nebraska

ESPN pre-draft position rank: No. 54 cornerback

Career college stats: 16 tackles, one tackle for loss, one pass breakup.

Depth chart he’s looking at: Cornerback – Starters: Chris Houston, Darius Slay; Reserves – Rashean Mathis, Bill Bentley, Aaron Hester, Jonte Green, Chris Greenwood, Cassius Vaughn. Safety – Starters: Glover Quin, James Ihedigbo; Reserves – Don Carey, Isa Abdul-Quddus, DeJon Gomes

Chances of making it to camp: 40 percent.

Why him: Tough to say. He has good size measuring just over 6-feet, but he struggled to get on the field at Nebraska, playing mostly nickel and dime as depth. When he signed with the Cornhuskers out of Eastern Arizona Junior College, he was one of the top defensive back prospects in the country. He was also a starter at Memphis in 2010 at cornerback and had 23 tackles and two interceptions.

For Nebraska, he primarily played special teams and that would be any sort of contribution he would make with Detroit. Lions general manager Martin Mayhew lamented his team being unable to grab any potential primary special-teams guys in the draft because the mid-to-late rounds were focused on linemen for the most part. So that’s where Seisay could serve a role. But depth is there at the nickel and that he didn’t see the field much at Nebraska would definitely be a concern as he transitions to trying to make the NFL.
The Detroit Lions announced their undrafted free agents on Monday afternoon -- 11 of them in all -- and over the next few days, you will get brief primers on them here as the team prepares for rookie minicamp this weekend.

Other profiles: OT Cornelius Lucas; QB James Franklin; FB Chad Abram; OL Alex Bullard; S Jerome Couplin; LB Justin Jackson; DB Gabe Lynn; TE Jacob Maxwell; OG D.J. Morrell

Name: Andrew Peacock

Position: Wide receiver

School: Appalachian State

ESPN pre-draft position rank: No. 154 wide receiver

Career College Stats: Had 208 receptions for 2,108 yards and nine touchdowns.

Depth chart he’s looking at: Starters – Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate. Depth – Kris Durham, Kevin Ogletree, Jeremy Ross, Ryan Broyles, Corey Fuller, Naaman Roosevelt, Patrick Edwards, TJ Jones

Chances of making it to camp: 80 percent.

Why him: Peacock is an intriguing prospect. He clearly is a slot receiver in the Detroit offense with his size – just under 5-foot-10 – and that is a crowded spot right now with Broyles, Ross, Jones and maybe even Edwards at that position. Plus, the Lions could easily line up Tate or Eric Ebron or Joseph Fauria in the slot, too.

Peacock had a productive career with the Mountaineers and will likely at least receive a look at camp. The Lions appear to be comfortable with players from Appalachian State, drafting punter Sam Martin last season and signing running back Steven Miller and keeping him around all season. There is also a pedigree of players from Appalachian State becoming NFL receivers. Brian Quick (St. Louis) and Armanti Edwards are two recent examples, although Edwards was a college quarterback and is not currently on a roster.

Peacock could be an intriguing player to watch, mostly because for as deep as the slot receiver position might seem, it really isn’t all that deep. Broyles is coming off another major injury. Ross is primarily a returner. Jones is a rookie. Edwards has not been productive when he has played. Of course, all of these players could be in trouble if the team uses a combination of Tate, Ebron and Fauria as its slot options this fall.
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.

Other profiles: OT Cornelius Lucas; QB James Franklin; FB Chad Abram; OL Alex Bullard; S Jerome Couplin; LB Justin Jackson; DB Gabe Lynn; TE Jacob Maxwell

Name: D.J. Morrell

Position: Offensive guard

School: Old Dominion

ESPN pre-draft position rank: No. 23 offensive guard

Career college stats: Made 25 starts for Old Dominion after transferring from Dean Junior College. Of those starts, 23 came at right guard and two came at right tackle.

Depth chart he’s looking at: Starters – Larry Warford, Rob Sims. Depth – Rodney Austin, Darren Keyton, Travis Swanson.

Chances of making it to camp: 60 percent.

Why him: Likely size. Honestly don’t know much about Morrell yet other than he has impressive size at 6-foot-5, 325 pounds. The game that might have gotten him some attention came against Pittsburgh, when he was matched up with first-rounder Aaron Donald and held him to two tackles.

NFL.com reported he did 27 reps of 225 pounds at his pro day. His story is pretty intriguing and his character might have caught Detroit as well. This story in the Virginian-Pilot describes the relationship he has with his family and specifically his brother, Brian. It’s a story that is worth your time as it would help you understand Morrell's motivation as he tries to get into camp and make a roster. To make the Lions, he would likely have to beat out fellow undrafted free agent Alex Bullard and either Austin or Keyton. Warford and Swanson would feel like close to locks to make the roster and Sims should be on the roster unless the team cuts him at some point for cap space, although that would seem somewhat unlikely at this point.
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.

Other profiles: OT Cornelius Lucas; QB James Franklin; FB Chad Abram; OL Alex Bullard; S Jerome Couplin; LB Justin Jackson; DB Gabe Lynn

Name: Jacob Maxwell

Position: Tight end

School: Louisiana-Lafayette

ESPN pre-draft position rank: No. 63 tight end

Career College Stats: 35 games, 50 targets, 36 receptions, 377 yards, 6 TDs.

Depth chart he’s looking at: Starters – Eric Ebron, Brandon Pettigrew. Depth – Joseph Fauria, Michael Williams, Jordan Thompson.

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

Other profiles: OT Cornelius Lucas; QB James Franklin; FB Chad Abram; OL Alex Bullard; S Jerome Couplin; LB Justin Jackson

Name: Gabe Lynn

Position: Defensive back

School: Oklahoma

ESPN pre-draft position rank: No. 74 cornerback.

Career College Stats: 44 games, 25 starts, 116 tackles, 4 interceptions, 2.5 sacks.

Depth chart he’s looking at: Starters – Chris Houston, Darius Slay. Depth – Rashean Mathis, Bill Bentley, Jonte Green, Chris Greenwood, Cassius Vaughn, Aaron Hester, Nevin Lawson.

Chances of making it to camp: 80 percent. Played corner and safety at Oklahoma.

Why him: A few reasons. It starts with a common theme among a lot of the undrafted free agents -- versatility. Lynn played cornerback and safety for the Sooners and typically had to go up against some of the top offenses in college football throughout his career. He also spent time in the nickel, an important defensive position for the Lions. Plus, despite Martin Mayhew downplaying it, there is clearly a connection between the Lions and Oklahoma as the team has drafted or signed multiple former Sooners in the past few years.

The other attraction regarding Lynn is his height. Defensive coordinator Teryl Austin has mentioned often his desire for tall defensive backs, and Lynn is listed at 6-foot, which has typically been the minimum height for Austin's cornerbacks. So his physical traits actually make him a fairly intriguing long-term prospect for the Lions. His statistics have not been spectacular, but it appeared Oklahoma took a while to find a position for him. He was one of the first players to announce after the draft that he was heading to Detroit, so he was clearly a priority undrafted player for the Lions, although probably not on the level of Cornelius Lucas or even James Franklin.
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.

Other profiles: OT Cornelius Lucas; QB James Franklin; FB Chad Abram; OL Alex Bullard; S Jerome Couplin

Name: Justin Jackson

Position: Outside linebacker

School: Wake Forest

ESPN pre-draft position rank: No. 61 outside linebacker

Career College Stats: 37 career games, 197 tackles, seven sacks, 19.5 tackles for loss, six passes defended.

Depth chart he’s looking at: Starters – DeAndre Levy, Kyle Van Noy. Depth – Ashlee Palmer, Travis Lewis, Tahir Whitehead, Julian Stanford,

Chances of making it to camp: 50 percent. He was a fairly productive player in the ACC, but doesn’t have anything that truly stands out entering camp like some of the other free agents they are bringing in. That said, he could end up as a practice squad candidate.

Why him: He played both inside and outside linebacker at Wake Forest and Detroit -- as mentioned in other profiles -- is looking for versatility throughout its lineup. That appears to be a big focus with who the Lions have looked at with their undrafted free agent class and Jackson would fit that.

Apparently, Jackson was a target for the Lions even during the draft, as he says in this profile from Your Home Journal they had mentioned potentially taking him between the fifth-and-seventh rounds of the draft. (Also in that profile, Jackson mentions working out with Ndamukong Suh – but I still haven’t heard anything definitive that Suh has shown up at workouts to this point) He also has played special teams in the past and has some athleticism, so those could be other intriguing qualities to him. According to that linked profile, he chose Detroit over Pittsburgh.
The Detroit Lions announced their undrafted free agents on Monday afternoon -- 11 of them -- and over the next few days, you'll get brief primers on them here as the team prepares for rookie minicamp this weekend.

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

Name: Jerome Couplin

Position: Safety

School: William & Mary

ESPN pre-draft position rank: No. 151 safety

Career College Stats: 257 career tackles, 21 passes defended, five forced fumbles, five interceptions, one fumble recovery.

Depth chart he’s looking at: Starters -- Glover Quin, James Ihedigbo. Depth -- Isa Abdul-Quddus, Don Carey, DeJon Gomes.

Chances of making it to camp: 90 percent. Detroit clearly targeted him as someone it was interested in. The Lions brought him in on a pre-draft visit. His frame -- 6-foot-2, 215 pounds -- and defensive ability made him an intriguing flier.

Why him: Physically, he is impressive and people have noticed. Forbes wrote about him and his fairly awesome nickname, the “Osprey” because of his height, weight and jumping ability -- Forbes had his pro day numbers at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash, a vertical jump of 41.5 inches and a broad jump of 11 feet, 2 inches. That alone is worth taking a chance on, especially from a franchise that has looked at Norwegian kicking sensation Havard “Kickalicious” Rugland and United States rugby player Carlin Isles in the past 12 months.

Unlike Kickalicious and The Fastest Man in Rugby, Couplin has real experience beyond raw talent and an actual chance to make a roster or the practice squad. What he has, those physical gifts, are not things that can be taught, but can be honed, and he is an intriguing option because of all of this. He was considered one of the top defensive players in the FCS, was first-team All-CAA and a first-team FCS All-American. He was also a finalist for the FCS defensive player of the year award. In other words, he might be overlooked, but he can play.
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.
The Detroit Lions signed 11 undrafted free agents Monday afternoon -- and there's a decent chance at least one or two of them ends up making the roster. Their first chance at trying to impress coaches will come at this weekend's rookie minicamp.

Before that begins, we'll give you quick primers on each player the Lions signed, but did not draft.

Prior profiles: OT Cornelius Lucas; QB James Franklin

Name: Chad Abram

Position: Fullback

School: Florida State

ESPN pre-draft position rank: No. 10 fullback

Career College Stats: 21 games, 13 carries, 54 yards, 0 TD. 9 rec., 73 yards, 3 TDs. 11 special teams tackles.

Depth chart he’s looking at: Jed Collins; Montell Owens.

Chances of making it to camp: 65 percent. His special teams ability -- he was one of the better team players Florida State had -- could get him into camp and get him a strong look. But if the Lions choose to keep their two veterans, it could end up as a short camp stay. If he does, it would almost assuredly be as a practice squad player.

Why him: Special teams. The Lions didn’t get their primary four-corps special teams type of player they were hoping to out of the draft so they are going to use free agency to find it. That Abram has extensive special teams experience both is not surprising as a fullback and also likely the reason he is on the Detroit roster in the first place. Another thing that likely helps Abram is he is able to catch the ball out of the backfield. It would be highly, highly unlikely he would replace either Collins or Owens -- but could be worth keeping an eye on if they use him on a lot of teams early on.
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.

Prior profiles: OT Cornelius Lucas

Name: James Franklin

Position: Quarterback

School: Missouri

ESPN pre-draft position rank: No. 30 quarterback

Career College Stats: 42 games played. 586-943-25-6,962. 51 touchdowns. 450 rushes, 1,729 yards. 21 touchdowns. 17 fumbles. Six lost fumbles. 60 sacks.

Depth chart he’s looking at: Matthew Stafford; Dan Orlovsky; Kellen Moore

Chances of making it to camp: 95 percent. The only way he doesn’t is if he fails a physical or stinks it up during the rookie camp and minicamps. Otherwise, he’s competing with Moore for a roster spot as the quarterback Jim Caldwell, Joe Lombardi and Jim Bob Cooter are going to develop.

Why him: Franklin is an intriguing prospect because he is the antithesis of what Detroit already has on the roster. Neither Stafford nor Orlovsky are particularly mobile and Franklin had some dual-threat capabilities during his time with the Tigers. There is some pedigree with Missouri quarterbacks at least reaching the NFL in some capacity. Brad Smith (as a quarterback/wide receiver), Chase Daniel and Blaine Gabbert have all at least reached the highest level of football. That the Lions didn’t draft a quarterback -- although they considered it at multiple points -- and reached out to Franklin so quickly gives the feel like he is their preferred player among the rookies who were left at this point. Remember, Lombardi worked with Daniel in New Orleans, so there could be something Missouri coach Gary Pinkel does with quarterbacks that Lombardi particularly likes.
The Detroit Lions haven't announced their undrafted free agents yet, but some names have already leaked out. As names become available, we'll give you a quick primer on each guy leading into rookie minicamp this weekend.

Name: Cornelius Lucas

Position: Offensive tackle

School: Kansas State

ESPN pre-draft position rank: No. 313 overall; No. 21 tackle.

Career College Stats: Started at left tackle as a junior and senior. More important, he’s 6-foot-9, 328 pounds.

Depth chart he’s looking at: Starters – LT Riley Reiff; RT LaAdrian Waddle. Depth – Corey Hilliard; J.B. Shugarts.

Chances of making it to camp: 100 percent (barring injury). The Detroit Free Press reported Lucas was given a $20,000 signing bonus. That means he’s going to be around at least this summer.

Why him: He’s huge. Let’s start there. Guys who are 6-foot-9 and over 300 pounds and have the agility to play major college football don’t really exist. The Lions found someone similar to that last season in LaAdrian Waddle, who made the team as an undrafted free agent out of the Big 12 and turned into a starter. Lucas is three inches taller than him.

Beyond the size, there is also a prior relationship there. New Lions tight end coach Ron Prince recruited Lucas to Kansas State when he was the team’s head coach before he was fired midway through the 2008 season. Lucas was not a commit at that point, but had been offered by the Wildcats according to Rivals.com and ended up committing to Kansas State under Bill Snyder. But Prince has known about Lucas since before he became a college player, let alone an NFL prospect.

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