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This list will serve as the tracking place for undrafted rookie FAs...

Adam Anderson (P) Western Michigan
Chris Cox (S) Ohio
Andrew Guman (S) Penn State
Paris Hamilton (WR) Minnesota
Greg Hanoian (FB) Syracus
Rory Hennessey (OT) Yale
Howard Jackson (RB) Howard
Marcus Jasmine (DT) Texas - El Paso
Tom Kaleita (OT) Eastern Michigan
Brandon Kennedy (DT) North Texas
Ryan Kileen (K) USC
Blake Lingruen (C) Wake Forest
Will Mathews (FB) Texas
Todd Mortensen (QB) San Diego
Levi Newton (OT) South Florida
Brandon Payne (CB) New Mexico
Cory Procter (OL) Montana
Jason Randall (TE) MSU
Steve Savoy (WR) Utah
Robbie Valenzuela (DE) Oregon

conversion02 - great idea - please place any scouting reports on these players below...

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Lions | URFA Killeen Added - from www.KFFL.com
Mon, 25 Apr 2005 10:27:33 -0700

The Detroit Lions have signed undrafted rookie free agent PK Ryan Killeen (USC).

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Will Matthews
Position: Fullback
College: Texas
Height: 6-1
Weight: 249

OVERVIEW
Matthews is a big, physical and versatile fifth-year fullback who is a tremendous blocker and powerful runner. Also a valuable member of the Longhorns' special teams, Matthews started only four of 48 games during his Texas career, but was the team's primary blocker coming out of the backfield that featured a 1,000-yard rusher in each of his four seasons.

Matthews saw his most extensive action as a runner during his senior year. He gained 161 yards on 38 rushing attempts (4.2 avg.) with a touchdown and caught eight passes for 42 yards (5.2 avg.) and a score. For his career, Matthews totaled 212 yards and four touchdowns on 52 carries (4.1 avg.). He snared 10 passes for 51 yards and a score, adding 11 tackles on special teams.

ANALYSIS
Positives: Has good overall body density, good muscle mass throughout his frame, thick bubble and thighs, wide chest and broad shoulders ? Has been durable throughout his career and is the type who always gives second and third effort ? Tireless worker who has enough quickness to gain advantage on defenders coming off the snap as a lead blocker ? Keeps his pads down low, punishing opponents with his power and leg drive ? Gets into his pass patterns quickly, showing the vision to get underneath and the agility to come back for the off-target tosses ? Has the playing strength to clear the rush lanes and run through arm tackles effectively ? Faces-up to defenders with aggression and does a very good job of sustaining his blocks ? Slasher-type running inside who shows a tight wrap with the ball firmly vs. his body ? Excels as a wedge-buster on special teams ? His quick feet, agility, balance and strength have drawn comparisons to former Cowboy Darryl Johnston.

Negatives: Lacks the acceleration to threaten the defense vertically ? Runs with more veer, showing little juking moves ? Has a hitch step on his lateral slide ? While he is effective on the short passes, he tends to lose sight of the ball on deep routes, having difficulties getting his head properly turned around ? Needs to be more sudden coming out of his stance, as he needs to take steps to build to top speed.

INJURY REPORT
2005 -- Did not participate in agility tests at the Combine due to a left great toe sprain (own choice).

AGILITY
Campus: 4.79 in the 40-yard dash ? Bench pressed 225 pounds 18 times ? 35-inch vertical jump ? 10-foot-6 broad jump. Combine: 32-inch arm length ? 9 5/8-inch hands.

Ryan Kileen, PK, USC
FGA FGM LG PAT ATT
2002 (So.) 23 16 48 49 47
2003 (Jr.) 24 19 45 67 65
CAREER. 47 35 48 116 113

35 touchbacks of 99 kickoffs - Sr year

Andrew Guman
Position: S
School: Penn St.
Ht., Wt.: 6-2.5, 215
40 Time: 4.71

BIO: Two-year starter who posted 67/0/7 as a senior.

POSITIVES: Nice-sized run-defending safety who likes to take part in the action. Quick moving up the field in run support, sacrifices his body to make the tackle and works hard. Solid skills in zone coverage and makes plays on the pass facing the quarterback.

NEGATIVES: Marginal speed moving laterally. Has difficulty getting out to the flanks in pass coverage.

ANALYSIS: A hard-hitting defender best playing downhill, Guman has an appetite for contact yet also plays with a good degree of intelligence. Best in the box or in a two-deep system but has speed limitations, which may prevent him from being anything other than a backup at the next level.

Howard Jackson
Position: HB
School: UTEP
Ht., Wt.: 5-9, 159
40 Time: 4.29

BIO: Three-year starter who has been an All-Conference selection since his junior campaign. Led the team in rushing as a senior posting 239/1,187/10, also adding 30/268/1 catching the ball. Junior totals included 1,146 yards on the ground with six touchdowns.

POSITIVES: Undersized ballcarrier who projects nicely as a third down back at the next level. Tough running back who keeps his feet moving up the field and displays the ability to break arm tackles. Sets up blocks, finds the running lanes and slashes off defenders picking up positive yardage. Weaves his way through the traffic and has a darting style. Solid receiver out of the backfield.

NEGATIVES: Undersized and will be stopped dead in his tracks. Must improve the intensity and productivity of his blocking.

ANALYSIS: Limited by size, Jackson is a solid football player with good intangibles on the field. Has potential to be used on passing downs out of the backfield but must prove special-teams ability this summer.

Levi Newton
Position: OT
School: South Florida
Ht., Wt.: 6-2, 295
40 Time: 5.21

BIO: Three-year starter at right tackle who also saw action with the first team as a freshman.


POSITIVES: Hard-working lineman with the ability to play several blocking positions. Quick off the snap, stays square and extends his hands into opponents, jolting them at the point of attack. Patient, effectively uses blocking angles in pass protection and seals the corner. Blocks with good lean and controls opponents at the line of scrimmage.

NEGATIVES: Not a natural knee-bender or drive blocker. Does not redirect to linebackers on the second level and lacks adjustment.

ANALYSIS: An adequate athlete who's been durable and versatile, Newton has potential at the next level as a utility lineman. Can play either guard positions and has possibilities at center which will help his cause.

Tom Kaleita
Position: OT
School: E. Michigan
Ht., Wt.: 6-5.5, 310
40 Time: 5.45

BIO: Three-year starter who began his college career at tight end.

POSITIVES: Finesse, pass-blocking lineman best in a small area. Bends his knees playing with leverage, effectively uses angles and patient in all aspects. Works hard, attacks assignments and jolts opponents at the point of attack. Solid position blocker who walls defenders from the action.

NEGATIVES: Lacks fluid footwork sliding out to protect the edge and does not block with great balance. Does not get much movement from run blocks or display top playing strength.

ANALYSIS: A finesse/position blocker, Kaleita possesses good size for the next level. Only a marginal athlete with limited upside, he has a slight chance as a backup.

Chip Cox, S, Ohio

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Free safety Chip Cox, Sr. - With the speed of a corner, Cox is great in coverage breaking up 25 passes over the last two years. He's only 5-9 and 185 pounds, but he isn't afraid to tackle with 138 stops in two seasons.

Cox (Columbus) finished his Bobcat football career as a three-year starter, but his track and field days are still in full swing as the senior is one of Ohio?s top sprinters. Cox runs the 40-yard dash in 4.35.

?Chip is an extremely explosive athlete who possesses team records in the clean and vertical jump,? Sano said. ?He is a tough competitor who has developed into a legitimate NFL prospect.?

Cox had 1 pick last year.

Cory Procter

Position: OG
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School: Montana
Ht., Wt.: 6-4.4, 305
40 Time: 5.31

BIO: Three-year starter who also saw time with the first team as a freshman. Used at tackle and guard in college.

POSITIVES: Intelligent blocker with excellent awareness and technique. Works to bend his knees, stays square and works hard until the whistle blows. Displays vision, patience, and effectively uses angles. Solid position blocker and uses his hands to keep defenders from the action.

NEGATIVES: Not explosive off the snap into run blocks, lacks adjustment and range. Has difficulty finishing blocks and best in a small area. Does not play with much balance and exploited by quick, nimble opponents.

ANALYSIS: A versatile lineman who saw action at several blocking positions in college, Procter possesses a good feel for the game and understands the position. Durability and work ethic could help him latch on as an inexpensive backup, though he must improve his playing strength to have any real chance of sticking at the next level.

Steven Savoy
Position: WR
Class: So
School: Utah
Ht., Wt.: 5-11, 192
40 Time: 4.69

BIO: All-Conference selection as a junior after posting 67/961/11. Totaled 40/663/7 the prior season.

POSITIVES: Explosive receiver with an excellent burst of speed. Finds the open spot in the zone, extends his hands and catches the pass away from his frame. Quickly releases off the line, can switch it on down the sidelines and runs away from defenders. Sharp route runner who stays low exiting breaks, then positions himself to make the reception. Extends or adjusts at full speed to pull the pass out of the air. Makes the reception in stride, displaying good eye/hand coordination.

NEGATIVES: Not tough running after the reception and goes down easily. Cannot take a pounding then hold onto the ball. Clutches the pass against his frame at times.

ANALYSIS: A steady wideout who displays game-breaking skills, Savoy offers a lot of natural skill and speed for the next level. Needs to become a little more physical, yet has the abilities to develop into a second receiver at the next level.

Brandon Kennedy, DT
Position: DT
School: North Texas
Ht., Wt.: 5'10, 350
40 Time: 5.17

BIO: Two-time Sun Belt Player of the Year and brother to former Arkansas safety Kenoy Kennedy, now with the Denver Broncos. Totaled 66/17/6 as a senior after junior totals of 76/24/10. Posted 38/6/1 as a sophomore.

POSITIVES: High-revving, productive collegian who lacks the pure height for the next level. Explodes off the snap with a great first step, plays with excellent pad level and pushes opponents up the field. Bears down on the ball carrier with a great burst of closing speed and redirects to the action well. Goes hard sideline-to-sideline and displays speed to the flanks. Explosion off the ball and overall quickness gives him the upper hand and causes problems for blockers trying to stop him. Terrific technique with his hands, tenacious and keeps coming. Also, displays the skill to drop off the line and play in space.

NEGATIVES: Short and engulfed at the line and though physically strong, still gets wired in blocks at the point.

ANALYSIS: On film Kennedy really stands out and would seem to be a terrific prospect for the next level. But factoring in he barely touches the tape measure at 5-10, one must severely downgrade him. The type of prospect very similar to Joe Klecko; will be downgraded because poor measurables yet a competitor that will find a way to make it at the next level.

(5-10, 350) comes to Detroit after originally signing with Denver as an undrafted rookie free agent following the 2004 NFL Draft. He spent the 2004 preseason with the Broncos before being released Sept. 1.

Jason Randall
Position: TE
School: Michigan St.
Ht., Wt.: 6-4.5, 260
40 Time: 4.92

BIO: Used extensively in the starting rotation the past three seasons. Totaled 11/121 as a senior after 21/218/2 the previous year.

POSITIVES: Consistent tight end with adequate size/speed numbers. Quickly gets into blocks, plays with leverage and effectively uses body positioning to wall defenders from the action. Good hand technique getting off jams, fluid releasing into pass routes and displays the ability to get vertical then adjust in mid-air for the reception. Works well with linemates.

NEGATIVES: Lacks soft hands, does a lot of double catching or lets the pass get inside him. Average blocking strength. Not making plays into the defensive secondary.

ANALYSIS: Sized well enough to be a second tight end in the NFL, Randall must improve his pass catching productivity and blocking results to have any shot at making a practice squad at the next level.

Rory Hennessey
Position: OG
School: Yale
Ht., Wt.: 6-4, 285
40 Time: 5.21

BIO: Three-year starter at left tackle who.s won All-Conference and All-America honors.

POSITIVES: Collegiate tackle who projects to guard at the next level. Patient lineman who quickly gets off the ball into blocks, then uses outstanding body positioning to seal defenders from the action. Gets leverage on opponents, moves his feet throughout the play and displays the ability to slide laterally. Nasty, blocks down on opponents and stays with the action. Anchors in pass protection or turns opponents off the line run blocking. Effectively uses angles, fights with his hands throughout the play and generally has a good feel for the position.

NEGATIVES: Not a dominant drive blocker who gets movement. Lumbers about the field, marginally effective on the second level and best in confined quarters.

ANALYSIS: A limited athlete and more of a finesse blocker than outright mauler, Hennessey is limited in the type of schemes he can play at the next level. Could back up at guard and possibly tackle for a zone blocking system that keeps his area responsibilities to a minimum.

Guys I haven't done any research on that have signed:
Paris Hamilton, WR, Minnesota
Todd Mortonson, QB, USD
Adam Anderson, P, WMU
Greg Hanoian, FB, Syracuse
Marcus Jasmine, DT, Texas A&M
Blake Lingruen, C, Wake Forest
Will Matthews, FB, Texas
Brandon Payne, CB, New Mexico
Robbie Valenzuela, DE, Oregon


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April 25th, 2005, 2:21 pm
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Lions | URFA Procter Signed - from www.KFFL.com
Mon, 25 Apr 2005 12:39:17 -0700

Associated Press reports the Detroit Lions have signed undrafted rookie free agent OL Cory Procter (Montana

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We called the Howard Jackson signing a while ago... when we were discussing it in the forum...

Guess who got Ernest Shazor ? :idea: GO CARDS!


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Deseret Morning News wrote:
Three more Utes joined first-day selections Alex Smith and Sione Pouha as National Football League draftees Sunday.
One of them, however, was not Steve Savoy. The former University of Utah wide receiver, who gave up two years of collegiate eligibility to pursue a pro career, went undrafted in the league's seven-round selection process.
"I was very, very surprised ? as was Steve," said Andre Colone, Savoy's agent.
Savoy accepted an offer from the Detroit Lions after the draft. He'll attend minicamp next week in hopes of securing a roster spot.
Every down and snap from here on out, added the agent, will motivate Savoy.
"It's going to be added inspiration for him," said Colone, who isn't exactly sure why his client went undrafted. "I don't have any idea right now."
A slow time in the 40 at the NFL combine may be to blame.
When Savoy announced his decision to leave the Utes, he was hopeful of being a first-day pick. He caught 67 passes for 961 yards and 11 touchdowns in Utah's 12-0 season that ended with a win in the Bowl Championship Series and a No. 4 national ranking.

Minnessota Daily wrote:
Wide receiver Paris Hamilton [Minnesota] signed with the Detroit Lions,

wwmt.com wrote:
Western Michigan punter Adam Anderson grew up a devoted Detroit Lions fan. Now the Chesaning native will wear the colors himself.
The All-MAC punter agreed to a free agent contract with Detroit Sunday evening after patiently watching the NFL draft with family and friends.

collegesports.com wrote:
USD quarterback Todd Mortensen (Tempe, AZ) received good news this past Sunday afternoon when the Detroit Lions signed him to a free agent contract. Mortensen, who played just one year with the Toreros, said five different teams were in communication with him over the weekend, but that Detroit's west coast offense under head coach Steve Mariucci was the perfect fit for him.

Record Eagle wrote:
Eastern Michigan University offensive tackle Tom Kaleita, a graduate of Kingsley High School, didn't have his named called as one of the 255 picks in the NFL Draft.
But shortly after the draft ended, the 6-foot-5?, 318-pound Kaleita signed a three-year free-agent contract with the Detroit Lions.

syracuse.com wrote:
Fullback Greg Hanoian [Syracuse]said he accepted a free-agent offer with the Detroit Lions. Hanoian said it was the first offer he received and he got it minutes after the two-day draft ended.

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I can see Guman making the roster but the rest of 'em will probable get cut, and maybe Kileen might make the roster too...

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Anybody get Brandon Browner yet? I would really like to see him as a backup FS. He's not fast, but can cover and is a very big boy. Something we don't have in our secondary.


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No, he's still available.


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I also think that Steve Savoy stands a good chance to make the roster. He needs improvement but he would help upgrade team speed in a big way.


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I also think that Steve Savoy stands a good chance to make the roster. He needs improvement but he would help upgrade team speed in a big way.


how will he upgrade team speed? He ran a 4.69 forty at the Combine, didn't he? I think it's the reason he went from being an expected late first day pick when he declared to going undrafted.

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jomo269 wrote:
Anybody get Brandon Browner yet? I would really like to see him as a backup FS. He's not fast, but can cover and is a very big boy. Something we don't have in our secondary.


I would like to see the Lions sign Browner and James Butler.

I will make a prediction: Seattle got a STEAL when they signed Jesse Lumsden, the running back from McMasters University in Canada. This guy ran for over 1800 yards in 8 games. Count it up, that's over 225 per game. 6'2" and 240 lbs. Ran the forty at the Combines in 4.5

Just don't understand how people overlooked him as a late round pick. I'd be shocked if he didn't make the roster.

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Brandon Kennedy, DT
Position: DT
School: North Texas
Ht., Wt.: 5'10, 350

:shock:

I cannot imagine 200 lbs to my frame :roll:

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I cannot imagine you running a sub-5 forty with that frame.

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Brandon Browner signed with Denver. That's probably a good place for him, as they need safety help.

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