Player News - Lions

Date: Team: Pos:

Lions signed Ohio CB Ian Wells.

Wells (5'11/199) was a 3 1/2-year starter in the Bobcats' secondary, breaking out as a senior to earn second-team All-MAC from the conference's coaches with ten pass breakups and two interceptions. His stock rose at Ohio's Pro Day, running 4.49 with a 41-inch vertical and 11-foot-4 broad jump. Wells' college production was marginal, but he has plus size and terrific athleticism and is worth a developmental flyer.
May 1 - 8:54 AM

Lions signed Ohio State OT Chase Farris.

Farris (6'4/295) switched from defensive line to offensive line two years ago and took over as the Buckeyes' starting right tackle as a senior. Farris is just an average athlete with 5.17 speed and an 8-foot-6 broad jump, and his limitations showed up too frequently in pass protection at Ohio State. His strength was run blocking. Severely undersized for tackle and not meaty enough for an NFL guard, Farris needs time in the weight room and lots of technical work to become a serious competitor for playing time.
May 1 - 8:50 AM
Jay Lee - WR - Lions

Lions signed Baylor WR Jay Lee.

Lee (6'2/215) made 26 starts for the Bears, compiling 101 career catches for 1,700 yards (16.8 YPR) and 15 TDs as Corey Coleman's bookend out wide. Snubbed for a Combine invite, Lee turned in a mediocre Pro Day with a 4.53 forty, 33 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-11 broad jump. Lee has plus size, long arms (32 7/8") and adequate speed, but he dropped too many passes at Baylor and will have to learn an NFL route tree.
Apr 30 - 7:01 PM

Lions selected Washington RB Dwayne Washington with the No. 236 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Washington (6'1/223) left school as a redshirt junior despite making just 13 starts for the Huskies, logging 1,311 yards and 17 touchdowns on 226 carries (5.8 YPC) and catching 41 passes. He missed the final four games of 2015 with an ankle injury. A terrific athlete, Washington ripped up the UW Pro Day with a 4.44 forty, 10-foot-7 broad jump, and strong agility scores. Washington is still developing as an inside runner, but offers the traits to make it work and impressive passing-game chops for such a big back. He's worth monitoring as a deep sleeper.
Apr 30 - 6:05 PM

Lions selected Baylor LS Jimmy Landes with the No. 210 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Landes is a long snapper. The Lions plan to use him for snaps that are longer than normal snaps.
Apr 30 - 5:12 PM

Lions selected Penn State DT Anthony Zettel with the No. 202 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Zettel (6'4/277) made 28 starts on the Nittany Lions' defensive line, racking up 38 career tackles for loss and 20 sacks. He was a third-team All-Big Ten pick as a senior. Zettel turned in a solid Combine workout, running 4.81 with a 30 1/2-inch vertical and 28 bench-press reps. Zettel won with extreme effort in college, but he has short arms (31 1/8") and lacks one outstanding trait. He'll probably max out as a rotational lineman in the NFL.
Apr 30 - 4:48 PM

Lions selected Michigan QB Jake Rudock with the No. 191 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Rudock (6'3/207) spent one year at Michigan after transferring from Iowa, leading the Wolverines to a 10-3 record and completing 64% of his throws with a 20:9 TD-to-INT ratio. Rudock benefited from spending his entire college career in pro-style attacks, and draws high marks for intelligence and intangibles. His arm strength is baseline-NFL caliber at best, however, and Rudock needs to speed up his internal clock. Lacking starter-quality traits, Rudock would do well to hang around the league toting clipboards.
Apr 30 - 4:20 PM

Lions selected Georgia Southern LB Antwione Williams with the No. 169 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Williams (6'3/240) made 31 starts at Georgia Southern, amassing 20.5 career tackles for loss, seven sacks, and six forced fumbles. He was an honorable mention All-Sun Belt pick as both a junior and senior. Williams needed big pre-draft workouts to put himself more on the NFL map, but came up short with a 4.80 forty and 9-foot-10 broad jump at the Eagles' Pro Day. As an average to slightly above-average athlete whose lower-level college production failed to stand out, Williams has a sketchy NFL outlook.
Apr 30 - 3:26 PM

Lions selected Washington State OG Joe Dahl with the No. 151 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Dahl (6'4/304) took over as Wazzu's starting left guard as a sophomore before transitioning to left tackle as a junior and senior and earning second-team All-American honors in 2015. Concerns include Dahl's small hands (8 3/4") and short arms (32 3/4), but the latter metric matters less if Dahl kicks inside, as expected. Dahl's nasty play demeanor, toughness, and drive-blocking ability will all go to good use at guard, where he has NFL starting potential.
Apr 30 - 2:31 PM

Lions selected Southern Utah S Mile Killebrew with the No. 111 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Killebrew (6'2/217) was a four-year starter for the Thunderbirds, earning first-team All-Big Sky as a senior. Although Killebrew managed a 4.65 forty in Indy, he shined in the vertical (38") and broad (10'7") jumps and improved his timed speed to 4.49 at Southern Utah's Pro Day. An imposing box safety who played closer to 230 pounds in college, Killebrew is a wood-laying tone setter with coverage limitations. A poor man's Landon Collins, Killebrew could become a starting strong safety if utilized right.
Apr 30 - 12:46 PM

Lions selected Michigan C Graham Glasgow with the No. 95 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Glasgow (6'6/307) made 37 starts for the Wolverines, seeing action at both guard spots before spending his senior year at center. He made honorable mention All-Big Ten in 2015. A nasty run blocker with big hands (10 3/4") and good arm length for the interior (33 5/8"), Graham is a limited-athlete overachiever with exactly the level of versatility NFL teams seek in reserve linemen. Glasgow's biggest red flag is his history of drinking; he was suspended after a 2014 DUI and committed further infractions during the ban. Glasgow could carve out an extended NFL career, but he needs to stay on the right track. The Lions might not be sold on 2014 third-rounder Travis Swanson at center.
Apr 29 - 11:10 PM

Lions selected Alabama DL A'Shawn Robinson with the No. 46 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Robinson (6'4/307) was a first-team All-American in 2015, turning pro after a three-year college career that witnessed 22 tackles for loss and nine sacks as a 30-game starter. Robinson just turned 21 and is still growing into his body. Although he didn't test particularly well at the Combine, Robinson has NFL-level length (34 1/2-inch arms), a pro-ready power game, and can play both strong-side end and defensive tackle. Robinson's weaknesses are a lack of explosive pass-rush movement and a tendency to play too high, the latter of which should be fixable. He profiles as an early-impact down lineman with significant room for growth and likely fills a 1-technique or 3-technique role for the Lions.
Apr 29 - 8:23 PM

Lions GM Bob Quinn said first-rounder Taylor Decker will compete with "the rest of the tackles on the roster" and can play left or right tackle.

It's become abundantly clear that the Lions don't feel comfortable with Reiff on Matthew Stafford's blind side. "We’re not going to pinpoint him, now or until we’re ready to play a game, at what position, what side of the ball," Quinn said. "He is a tackle, so he’ll either be right tackle or left tackle and that’s really to be determined." Decker started 42 games at left tackle at Ohio State.
Apr 29 - 10:26 AM

Lions selected Ohio State OT Taylor Decker with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Decker (6'7/310) made 42 starts for the Buckeyes -- all at left tackle -- and earned 2015's Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year. Despite his decorated blind-side background, Decker is expected to move to right tackle in the pros due to his struggles with edge speed and average arm length (33 3/4"). To maximize his potential on the right side, Decker needs to get stronger after benching 225 pounds only 20 times at the Combine. Still, he projects as a long-term quality starter at right tackle. All of that said, current LT Riley Reiff is entering his contract year and does not appear to be well liked by the organization. It is possible the Lions envision Decker as the left tackle of the future.
Apr 28 - 10:01 PM

The Minneapolis Star Tribune predicts the Vikings will target an offensive tackle in the first round.

Minnesota invested in their offensive line this offseason, but both of their tackles are entering contract years. The top three tackles -- Ole Miss' Laremy Tunsil, Notre Dame's Ronnie Stanley, and Michigan State's Jack Conklin -- are expected to be off the board before the Vikings pick at No. 23, but Ohio State's Taylor Decker could be in play there. Minnesota also could trade up if one of the top guys fall. Wide receiver and safety are other options in the first.
Apr 28 - 9:02 AM


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