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Four Offensive Linemen Lead List Of Lions' Undrafted Free Agents

Detroit failed to address that position in the draft.

April 29, 2019 - 4:24 pm
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As Bob Quinn addressed the media following the conclusion of the draft Saturday night, he noted his team upstairs was already digging into the crop of undrafted free agents. The Lions have since signed 12 players, including eight on the offensive side of the ball. 

Among those eight, four are offensive linemen. The Lions didn't take one in the draft, which came as a surprise following the retirement of T.J. Lang. His spot at right guard is up for grabs. Perhaps one of the additions below will grab it. 

Here's the full list. 

Beau Benzschawel, OG. Wisconsin. 

Per NFL.com: "Tall, pass-blocking specialist who will need to prove he can be serviceable against NFL power in the run game to become a future starter." Was projected fifth-round pick.

Micah St. Andrew, OG. Fresno State. 

Started 43 straight games at Fresno State, splitting time between right guard and center his senior season. Was named to All-Mountain West Second-Team in 2018. 

Alex Bookser, OL. Pittsburgh.

Per TheDraftNetwork.com: "There are some appealing components to Booker’s game, mainly his play strength which allows him to absorb contact and flashes the ability to redirect." 

Ryan Pope, OT. San Diego State. 

Per NFL.com: "Pope has desirable physical traits (6'7, 320 lbs.), but he struggles to stay connected to blocks due to a lack of power and body control." Got $145,000 guaranteed to sign with the Lions, per Adam Schefter

Tre Lamar, LB. Clemson.

Per NFL.com: Lamar's size (6'3, 253 lbs.) will appeal to traits-heavy teams looking for rare size to coach up despite the fact that some issues center around athletic deficiencies rather than technique flaws. 

Ray Smith, DL. Boston College.

Per NFL.com: "Smith's strength at the point of attack is adequate by NFL standards but his lack of functional length and interior disruption hurts his chances for success."

Matt Nelson, DL. Iowa.

Per DraftAnalyst.com: "Nelson has decent computer numbers and large upside but must physically mature before he's truly ready to step onto the field at the next level."

Malik Carney, DE. North Carolina. 

Per NFL.com: "Undersized but athletic edge defender who leaves you wanting more as a pass-rusher. ... Has three-down backup ability with special teams traits." 

Jonathan Duhart, WR. Old Dominion.

Per DraftAnalyst.com: He projects as a fifth wideout at the next level who should be an asset on third downs or in goal-line situations."

Andre Wilson, WR. UAB.

Slot-type receiver who showed a nose for the endzone in college -- 11 touchdowns over final two seasons. 

Donald Parham, TE. Stetson. 

Per NFL.com: "An unusually tall, mismatch slot with soft hands and intriguing athletic ability who comes from an extended family of football players."

Nate Becker, TE. Miami of Ohio. 

Former walk-on caught 13 passes for 154 yards and one touchdown last season. 

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