ALLEN PARK – The Detroit Lions form a total of seven players this week. But the work is not finished yet An undrafted independent agency is in the works and Detroit is sitting on nearly two dozen open roster.
“We’re going to keep that liquid,” said Brad Holmes, Lions general manager. That’s what I’ve learned over the years, you don’t have to rush and slide into the house plate and fill everything up. We’ll make sure we provide quality stuff, not just try to speed up the process. ”
The Lions have nearly a dozen well-known signings, two of which have gone to major players. Arkansas defender Jonathan Adams Jr. was one of the 210-pound 6-foot-2 players who collected 79 shots over 1,111 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. All of these numbers rank among the top five national players.
But Adams was not an impromptu athlete, was one of the NCAA’s drop-off leaders (11) and was once booked for weapons on campus despite later dismissed. He will have to improve his credibility to create a team that has recently signed on receivers such as Tyrell Williams, Breshad Perriman, Damion Ratley and Kalif Raymond in free agency. It took the fourth round to pick USC’s Amon-Ra St. Brown; And came back last year’s fifth pick, Quintez Cephus.
Detroit’s remaining early UDFAs follow various reports:
D’Angelo Amos, S, Virginia: Former FCS All-American James Madison, who moved to Virginia last season, appeared in a total of 10 games and made 10 appearances.He made 47 tackles, including three losses and two interceptions. At James Madison, averaged 12.9 yards on 33 bounces and scored one touchdown. His best chance of being on the Lions roster could be in a special squad, where Jamal Agnew, who returned from the All-Pro, is depleted.
Tavante Beckett, LB, Marshall: Originally enrolled at Virginia Tech, it was arrested for a felony of conspiring to distribute marijuana, which was later reduced to a felony conviction. He moved to Marshall, who managed to tackles 211 tackles in two years and was named the first team of All-Conference USA for both years, at 5ft 10 and 220 pounds, he was a small player with an ambiguous role.
Rakeem Boyd, RB, Arkansas: Beginning his career at Independence Community College before moving to Arkansas, where he ran 389 balls over 2,263 yards and 13 touchdowns, he forced 54 missed tackles and averaged 3.15 yards after touches. He had a tough path to the roster in Detroit, where the Lions returned as top runner-up for D’Andre Swift and former second-round qualifier Kerryon Johnson as well as Jamaal Williams in free agency. And picked Jermar Jefferson from Oregon State in the seventh round of the draft. They also added another work to an undrafted free agency, Nebraska’s Dedrick Mills.
Jerry Jacobs, CB, Arkansas: Began his career at Hutchinson Community College before moving to Arkansas and he looks like he might have an NFL character. But his stock has cooled after he has played just seven games in the past two years. He lost most of the 2019 to an ACL injury and then moved to Arkansas in 2020 before picking out after playing just four games. He later said he regretted the decision.
Drake Johnson, C, Kentucky: The highly experienced forward who has played 2,940 attacking times in the Wildcats’ offensive game.He is the second Kentucky former offensive lineman to join the Lions in years after Logan Stenberg was acquired. Picked in the fourth round of last year’s draft, Stenberg has yet to play for Detroit.
Tommy Kraemer, G, Notre Dame: Five-Star Recruiter and Gatorade Player of the Year in Ohio. Elected to join Notre Dame in Ohio, where he opened his career with the right fights before moving in for defense. He was not with the recruiting. But received All-ACC honors as a senior
Dedrick Mills, RB, Nebraska: The 5-foot-9, 217-pound back, who started his career at Georgia Tech before moving to Nebraska in his final two seasons, ran 1,912 yards on 379 lifts (5.0 average) and scored 25 touchdowns. Like Boyd has faced a difficult path to the roster, with Swift Johnson Williams and Jefferson in the backfield.
AJ Parker, CB, Kansas State: An experienced corner kick, which started 33 games and played in 40 games, the 5-foot-9 Parker took six passes, defended 24 overall, scored a defensive touchdown, and won an honorable mention of All-Big 12. In 2019, he is expected to compete at the Cornerback, with the Lions replacing Justin Coleman.
Sage Surratt, WR, Wake Forest: Another big lion receiver at 6ft 2 and 209 pounds, they signed a lot of speed in the free agency and strengthened Amon-Ra St. Brown in the fourth round.They are now increasing in size after the draft. In Surratt and Jonathan Adams, Surratt opted out of 2020, but captured 66 hits over 1,001 yards and 11 touchdowns and was named the first-team All-ACC of his final season for the Demon Deacons.
Brock Wright, TE, Notre Dame: A superb blocking 6-foot-4 and 257 pounds, it also scored seven hits over 78 yards and one touchdown over three seasons on the field for the Irish fight. It will compete for the work behind Pro Bowler TJ Hockenson and Josh Hill, who signed a free agent deal to handle this year’s blogging duties.