Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew is famous for saying the draft is not the finish line when it comes to building a roster.
Well, true to his word, Mayhew and the Lions hit the phones immediately following the NFL Draft Saturday and got to work signing talent that wasn’t selected in the top 254 picks of the NFL Draft.
“(It’s) really important,” Mayhew said Saturday of the undrafted rookie free agent signing period. “We got some input from Brian (Xanders) from things that they had done in Denver and we changed it up a little bit and we’ll see how it goes. But we’re wrapping that up right now and class is pretty much signed up right now.”
Here’s a look at the newest Lions:
Skyler Allen (6-3, 288), C, Ohio: Two-year starter for the Bobcats. He recorded 77 pancakes and 77 knockdowns in 2012.
Michael Brooks (6-3, 294), DT, East Carolina: Second Team All-Conference USA selection in 2012, despite being limited to 10 games because of injury. Still ranked second among all Pirate defensive linemen with 34 tackles.
Alex Carder (6-2, 215), QB, Western Michigan: Threw for 8,886 yards, 74 touchdowns and 36 interceptions in 38 games for the Broncos, but missed half of the 2012 season because of a broken finger on his throwing hand.
Alex Elkins (6-3, 240), LB, Oklahoma State: Did not play football until junior college, but still earned a scholarship and was a two-year starter at Oklahoma State. He led the Cowboys with 75 tackles last year.
Joseph Fauria (6-7, 255), TE, UCLA: Led UCLA with 12 touchdown catches in 2012, second on the all-time school single-season list and the most since Marcedes Lewis had 10 in 2005.
Austin Holtz (6-5, 300), T, Ball State: Accrued 32 starts in his four years at Ball State. He was named first-team All-MAC in 2012.
Steven Miller (5-7, 173), RB, Appalachian State: Was a pre-draft visit for the Lions following a 1,438-yard rushing season with 15 total touchdowns for the Mountaineers last season. He also had 34 catches for 377 yards.
Jon Morgan (6-2, 220), LB, Albany: Only played in eight games in 2012 because of injury but finished his career with 247 tackles, 106 of which came in 2011.
Martavius Neloms (6-0, 189), CB, Kentucky: A versatile player who started at both cornerback and safety while at Kentucky. Had at least 50 tackles (71 in 2011) the last three seasons.
LaAdrian Waddle (6-6, 332), T, Texas Tech: Another pre-draft visitor for the Lions, Waddle ended his collegiate career with 38 consecutive starts at left tackle.
Cody Wilson (5-10, 195), WR, Central Michigan: With 230 receptions and 2,729 receiving yards for his career, he ranks third and fifth, respectively, all-time at CMU. He caught a pass in 42 consecutive games, tied for the second longest streak in the NCAA.
Those are the players under contract.
The team will also invite a number of other players to its rookie minicamp May 10-12. A few of those players are reported to be: former Richmond quarterback John Laub, Kansas center Trevor Marrongelli, Marshall receiver/kick returner Andre Snipes-Booker and Deleware State receiver/kick returner Travis Tarpley.
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