The Detroit Lions hit it big in the “eighth round” of the NFL Draft last year, signing two cornerbacks among their exhausted free agent class who played significant roles as rookies.
AJ Parker won the starting slot cornerback in Week 1, and Jerry Jacobs appeared as the starting cornerback before tearing his ACL to pieces late in the season.
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“Dan (Campbell) and I have always said that you can call us the land of opportunity,” Lions general manager Brad Holmes said at his pre-draft press conference. “We do not care where you come from. We do not care where you were drafted, what the depth chart looks like, where, ‘Oh, this guy is a vet’ and all that. We do not care about any of that.
“If you enter this building, you have an opportunity to compete … That’s how we approach it because of expelled free agents.”
The Lions came to Saturday with 83 players on their 90-man roster and are expected to sign a handful of exhausted free agents in the coming days.
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Here is an ongoing list of players who have accepted UDFA contracts:
OL Kevin Jarvis, Michigan State
Mixed selflessly from position to position along MSU’s offensive line through his five seasons. The 6-foot-5, 317-pound native of Chicago started 39 of his 44 appearances, including 12 starts last season, and garnered All-Big Ten honorable mention by both the league’s coaches and media. Started 25 times in his career on right guard, 11 times on right tackle and three times on left tackle.
As a key blocker who helped Kenneth Walker III win the Doak Walker Award and Big Ten running back of the year, Jarvis played 739 of 828 offensive snaps before settling out of the Peach Bowl, starting the first eight games at right guard and his last four to the right. tackle.
WR Kalil Pimpleton, Central Michigan
Pimpleton stays at home. The Muskegon native and Chippewa excellent was a two-time First Team All-Mid-American Conference nominee (2019, 2021) and was MAC Special Teams Player of the Year last season.
He ended his career at Mount Pleasant with 166 catches for 2,100 yards and 12 goals, while rushing 38 times in 293 yards and five more touchdowns.
DT Demetrius Taylor, Appalachian State
Taylor, was named the first team All-Sun Belt the last three seasons. He finished in fourth place in program history with 26.5 sacks toto with 46 tackles for losses, five forced fumbles, three blocked kicks, 10 defensive passes and an interception in 65 games. The state of Appalachian announced its signature.
OT Obinna Eze, TCU
The Nigerian-born offensive tackle spent three years in Memphis before switching to TCU. He was an honorable mention of this year’s big 12 offensive newcomer after starting 12 games in left tackle for Horned Frogs and the last 37 games of his career. Eze, a 6-foot-6, 321-pound was the team captain of the week in a 52-31 win at Texas Tech. The agreement includes a $ 20,000 signing bonus and $ 150,000 base salary guarantee, according to Pro Football Focus.
RB Greg Bell, San Diego State
Bell was one of the best running backs in Mountain West last season, rushing for 1,091 yards and nine touchdowns, averaging 4.5 yards per game. carry. His journey to the league was arduous – beginning at JUCO Arizona Western Community College, where he ran 2,404 yards with 18 touchdowns while going 20-2 in two years. He moved to Nebraska, where he played in four games, and rushed 35 times in 173 yards before going to SDSU. San Diego State announced its signature.
WR Corey Sutton, Appalachian State
Sutton came back triumphantly back on the field in 2021 after tearing his ACL in 2019 and sitting out the 2020 season due to COVID. He had 61 catches on 904 yards and finished third on the Appalachian State career list with 24 touchdowns. A major receiver and vertical threat, Sutton played a season at Kansas State in 2016. The state of Appalachian announced its signature.
DB Cedric Boswell, Miami (Ohio)
A Birmingham Groves alumni, Boswell started two seasons as a cornerback for the Redhawks. He had eight passes defended and his first career interception in 2021. Miami (Ohio) announced its signature.
OL Zein Obeid, Ferris State
Obeid played two seasons in tackling for the Bulldogs, but projects as a guard in the NFL. He was a key cog in a Ferris State offense that finished in fifth place in the country in rushing (280.1 ypg) and won the Division II national championship.
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TE Derrick Deese Jr., San Jose State
Deese is a blocking tight end in the form of his father, former San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Derrick Deese Sr. He caught 47 passes for 730 yards last season. San Jose State announced its signature.
TE Nolan Givan, southeastern Louisiana
Givan, a native of Berkley, played three seasons at Ball State and one at San Diego_ State before finishing in southeast Louisiana. He caught 40 passes on 378 yards and three touchdowns last season. Signs with the Lions according to his agency.
WR Josh Johnson, Tulsa
The Shifty slot receiver had 1,114 yards and six receiving touchdowns last season. Started his college career in Tulsa. Johnson announced the signing on Twitter.
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