By Chris Loud @cfloud on May 18, 2014
The Detroit Lions had a decent 2014 NFL Draft, but they were also busy afterwards, picking up several undrafted free agents. It’s very difficult and rare for these guys to make the team, let alone be successful in the league, but you never know when you might get a steal like Kurt Warner, Antonio Gates, Tony Romo or Arian Foster. Those guys were all undrafted. Who could become the Lions’ surprise star?
Justin Jackson was a productive, athletic linebacker for Wake Forest. He put up good numbers in his final three years and showed up strong at the NFL Combine. Lack of depth at the outside linebacker position for the Lions could give Jackson a chance to prove himself.
At 6-foot-8, 330-pounds out of Kansas State, Cornelius Lucas could fill a gap in a very substantial kind of way. There’s room on the roster for a fourth tackle, and it could be the engulfing Lucas. I’m sure Matthew Stafford wouldn’t mind seeing that size on the line between him and blitzing linebackers.
The fullback position is making a comeback for the Lions, with Joe Lombardi snagging old friend Jed Collins from the New Orleans Saints. Lombardi likes to use his fullbacks in the passing game as well, and Lions GM Martin Mayhew talked about Florida State’s Chad Abram being a great pass catcher. He’s also a good blocker, which can only help.
Earning the nickname “The Osprey” when he visited the Lions because of his crazy 81-inch wingspan and freakish athletic ability, William and Mary’s Jerome Couplin could be a future star at the safety position. Safety is a spot the Lions have been desperate to solidify. With his physical ability, he just might be coachable enough to become a starter in this league.
Missouri’s James Franklin is a fairly high-profile quarterback to go undrafted, similar to Kellen Moore, who the Lions snagged last year after the draft. Franklin is a dual-threat guy, which the Lions have pretty much never had. That ability could make him a solid backup or even someone to experiment with in speed formations.
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