Lions sign 11 undrafted rookie free agents

Posted by ttwentyman on May 1, 2013 – 3:37 pm

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.

wilson-body-050113Alex 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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31 Responses to “Lions sign 11 undrafted rookie free agents”

  1. By Josh on May 1, 2013 | Reply

    Congrats Cody Wilson! that’s pretty cool that my high school team got signed to the Lions

  2. By john on May 1, 2013 | Reply

    wish they would get more local kids

  3. By Sagmich on May 1, 2013 | Reply

    Lions should have some keepers from that list.

  4. By Matthew on May 1, 2013 | Reply

    Fauria should make the team and eventually be a legit player for us!!

  5. By Steve on May 1, 2013 | Reply

    Ipersonally think having watched Alice Gardner for his years of Western Michigan University did he could take the number 3 quarterback spot for the Lions.

  6. By Darren Riddle on May 1, 2013 | Reply

    Good to see some home grown kids get signed up.

  7. By Black Wolf Standing on May 1, 2013 | Reply

    Richmond quarterback John Laub <<< Matt Millen's cousin.

    I have very mixed feelings on this. Matt Millen was a heck of a football player, but he was about the most useless GM a team could have. Is John Laub a mistake waiting to happen or is he the real deal.

    More than likely he is a body to throw passes to our WR's. But again, he is related to the worst thing that ever happened to this team.

  8. By Ronald Starking on May 1, 2013 | Reply

    Maybe some sleeper keepers in that bunch. Glad to see their still lookin!

  9. By Sagmich on May 1, 2013 | Reply

    Good to know. He won’t make the team we already have three good qb’s. Agree Millen was the worst thing to ever happen to the Lions.

  10. By james j wood on May 1, 2013 | Reply

    Its nice to see these kids get a chance to play in the NFL! Good Luck Guys!

  11. By jerald mitchell on May 1, 2013 | Reply

    Steven Miller….his highlights are amazing. First running back on lions roster since Barry retired that actually excites me. Look out Reggie, you better come in ready to fight for your position, cuz this rookie is going to be good! If you don’t know who this kid is, you need to youtube his highlights. Amazing running instincts.

  12. By Mike Barnett on May 1, 2013 | Reply

    The Lions seem to be good all around, and I feel like this is The Year Of The Lions!!!!

  13. By dcdoan on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    go lions need some good punt and kick returners

  14. By rockbo1955 on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    This years lions is going to be great ! I do not care what all neg heads say ! If you do not care what all neg head people please go root for somebody esle!

  15. By The Man on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Matt Millen, Marty Morninweg, Steve Mariucci, Rod Marinelli, MIke Martz, Martin Mayhew and now a punter Sam MArtin in the 5th round.

  16. By Sagmich on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    I have to disagree with one name on that list. Mike Martz. If he had an offense to work with things would have been different.

  17. By Dion Hackett on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Steven Miller is a BEAST!!! He was a JUCO All-American before going to App State and killed it in his short time there. Hard working young man out of “The Piscataway High School in NJ” that also produced NFL players Malcolm Jenkins, Anthony Davis, Kyle Wilson, and ’13 Draft pick Dwayne Gratz. This kid is fast, strong, and has good moves and vision. Could be a return guy but he will play in this league. Proud of him and his accomplishment.

  18. By Jackson on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    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.

    This kid is going to make the team and contribute. Actually he might end up being the returner. He catch out the backfield and his measurable are off the charts. He is a 4.3 guy with a 43 inch vertical at 5’7. The kid can do some of the same things Austin can do. I think he is a Darren Sproles in the making. He is a strong kid and actually can run through the tackles. The Lions lucky to get this kid. He is the one out of all these guys that might turn out to be a star if they use him right. Watch him be one of the bright stars in the rookie camp and training camp. This kid most definitely may be the Lions steal including the draft of the year.

  19. By Jackson on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Just watch this kid on tape. Reminds me a Jahvid!

  20. By dmick on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Coach Schwartz,

    What wide receiver is going to help out Calvin’s double team? Do you have someone to run back kickoffs? How are you going to compete with teams in the division without these key components? You need to address this otherwise your going to sit out the playoffs.

  21. By Sagmich on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    dmick, I agree with you 100%

  22. By DtownJ on May 3, 2013 | Reply

    I totally agree with needing a wr.!! Even if Broyles is Healthy, we need another big reciever.!! I wish they would’ve made a trade to somehow get Terrance Williams.. He was a Steal that late in the Draft.

    ONE NAME DWIGHT FREENEY.!!!!! He would be a PERFECT FIT HERE!!! Especially since we Drafted a DE that just learned how to play football with pick 5 !!!!

    Comeon guys he is just sitting out there waiting for your call, go get him to help out our Young guys and D.

  23. By Eugene Bryant on May 3, 2013 | Reply

    Steven Miller was a great pick, looking forward to watching him develop into a super star

  24. By Brad lions fan on May 4, 2013 | Reply

    We really need to go after Brandon Lloyd.

  25. By Rick on May 4, 2013 | Reply

    Why in Heaven’s name would you waste a position on ANOTHER QB??? We need offensive linemen and defensive secondary, especially with the injuries we had last year. I guess William Clay still has a lot of input on the team… He’s a good businessman, but knows very little about the game. He keeps thinking that if we get more wide receivers and quarterbacks, that will put more butts in the seats. Sorry… that’s not gonna do it. Having a winning football team that dominates on both sides of the ball will be infinitely more effective, than more QBs and wide receivers. I mean, we’ve already got the finest receiving corps in the NFL…. I’ve said my piece.

  26. By Raymond on May 5, 2013 | Reply

    We have a player that will take us to the next level he would fit on every team in the nfl he’s word R. Buuuuusssssh. And guess what he’s a lion.

  27. By Sagmich on May 5, 2013 | Reply

    We need more than Reggie Bush to take us to the next level. Calvin Johnson comes to mind. Oh and we need someone to protect Stafford’s blind side. We on a whole need a better O-line and Special Teams and a better D.

  28. By Aaron on May 5, 2013 | Reply

    We did make a better lions team from last year, but I hate to say we probably will be a .500 team this year. We have a pretty difficult schedule this season. Lions needs to win out our division, then beat the Texans and Ravens, who lost multiple key players, but are still hard opponents. Overall, this is going to be another long season, hopefully on the positive side.

  29. By Brandon on May 6, 2013 | Reply

    It seems that many people do not understand how the offseason works, and they haven’t been paying attention to the players we’ve signed. The team makes signings based on who is available and what they can afford for potential needs. Then as the offseason progresses, they make cuts and signings based on performance and ongoing needs. You can’t just snap your fingers and get all the right players for all of your needs and wishes. They do the best they can to work with what they got. Things are shaping up pretty good.

  30. By Dan on May 7, 2013 | Reply

    One player invited to rookie camp not on your website is LT Mike Salazar from William and Mary. Three years starter at LT, 6’4, 324 with good speed and agility. Played very well against FBS teams North Carolina, Virigia and Maryland.

  31. By Dre' on May 7, 2013 | Reply

    Watch out for Travis Tarply,. He is a play maker

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