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The Lions have inked their remaining draft picks, first-round tackle Jeff Backus and two second round picks, Dominic Raiola and Shaun Rodgers.
Backus, the 18th pick overall, started all of his four years at Michigan. The 6-5, 310 pound tackle recieved all Big-Ten honors each year he played in college. He signed a 5 year, $6.573 million dollar contract on Monday, just in time for training camp. The deal includes a $3.2 million dollar signing bonus.
Center Dominic Raiola also signed. At 6-2, 307 pounds, he started 3 years in the University of Nebraska. He signed a 4 year contract, with a 5th year option included. Financial terms have yet to be disclosed.
Shaun Rodgers, the defensive tackle from Texas, was the final pick that signed. No terms have been disclosed thus far. The Lions are hoping they found a gem as they traded up in the second round to pick him. Critics say the only reason he wasn't taken in the first round is because he had ankle surgery. Despite his injury, he recorded 82 tackles, 6 sacks and 3 fumble recoveries in his senior year. Team sources for the Lions have said his injury his healing faster than expected for the 6'4, 320 pounder, giving management redemption for picking him.