Scouting reports compiled by TFY Draft Preview and analyst Tony Pauline. Profiles researched and written by LionsFans.com publisher Nate Caminata.
The following players (undrafted free-agents) have agreed to terms with the Detroit Lions.
School Michigan Year 5Sr
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 291 40: 5.31 Pos: C
Bio: Two year starter at center after making who made the switch from defensive tackle as a sophomore year.
Pos: Tough lineman who lacks pure bulk and strength for the next level. Immediately sets up in pass protection, works hard and seals defenders from the action with good body positioning.
Neg: Not effective blocking in motion. Lacks jolt at the point and overall body strength.
Analysis: A hard working and competitive lineman, Pearson is limited by marginal athleticism and playing strength. His overall attitude and approach to the game could find him a place on a two deep.
Name: Matt McCoy
School Ferris State
Ht: 6-8 Wt: 290 Pos: Right Tackle
Profile: McCoy was an All-GLIAC Second-Team selection in 2003, and also the recipient of the Eric Bennett Memorial Award as Ferris State's most valuable offensive lineman. The 6-8, 290-pound McCoy started the last two seasons as the Bulldogs' right tackle, starting all 11 contests, paving the way for FSU's 348.5 offensive yards per contest. - Nate Caminata
Name: Kenny Heatley
School Bethune Cookman
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 180 Pos: CB
Solid cover corner with good size. Heatley faired well during his senior season with Bethune, leading the ball club with 21 pass break-ups, one interception, 44 tackles and establishing himself as a secondary leader. - Nate Caminata
Name: Scott Genord
School Fullerton Junior College
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 245 Pos: LB
Strong, aggressive linebacker and former Top 50 recruit in the Midwest coming out of Thurston High School (Redford, MI). Genord initially signed with Indiana University, but attended Fullerton J.C. for unknown reasons. - Nate Caminata
Name: Andrew Battle
School Indiana (Pa.);
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 235 Pos: College DE, Will Be Moved To LB
A quote from a Pennsylvania newspaper article on Battle read, "Even if he is not involved in a tackle in some way, his presence is felt on the field when he is in the game." Not a bad line for an undrafted free-agent defensive end that will make the move to outside linebacker as a Detroit Lion. Battle was the accomplished defensive leader for IUP as both a junior and senior, and if success follows him into the NFL, the Lions landed a gem. Battle was named a first team all-star by the PSAC and the ECAC in his final two seasons, and registered 11 sacks in 2003. In 43 games with the Indians, Battle tallied 176 tackles (36 for a loss) and 23 sacks. - Nate Caminata
Name: Clifford Johnson
School Morgan State
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 220 40: 4.58 Pos: S
Athletic safety with good speed and awareness. Collected three interceptions during senior season.
School Nebraska Year 5Sr
Ht: 6-5.5 Wt: 320 40: 5.41 Pos: DT
Bio: Top reserve rotated in and out of the lineup the past two seasons. Totaled 35 tackles as a senior after registering 62/9/2 as a junior.
Pos: Big, imposing athlete who stands out on the line of scrimmage. Quickly gets off the snap and displays explosion. A load in the middle and tough to move off the point. Gets push up the field yet a decent athlete who moves well laterally pursuing the action.
Neg: Lacks balance, gets tall and negates his lower body strength. Must improve his hand technique and develop more moves. Slow to locate the action or find the ball.
Analysis: Still rough around the edges, Kabongo's game seemingly leveled off in 2003. Offers size and athleticism which give him an upside, but a project that still needs a lot of work.
Name: Branden Hall
School Troy State
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 329 Pos: OG
Named to ESPN.com's All-Independent team, and was a 2003 Blue-Grey All-Star classic participant. Started 30 games as right tackle since obtaining that position during his sophomore year. Projects as a guard in the NFL. Allowed just four sacks in three years with Troy State Trojans. - Nate Caminata
School Kansas State Year 5Sr
Ht: 6-4.5 Wt: 265 40: 5.97 Pos: DE
Bio: Posted 68/16/8 and broke up 6 passes as a senior after junior totals of 53/18/11 with 4 passes defended.
Pos: Explosive pass rusher that makes a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage. Quickly gets off the snap, plays with good lean and has a closing burst of speed. Rarely off his feet and rushes the edge with speed. Fluid changing direction and pursues from the backside, displaying the ability to chase down ball carriers. Instinctive, quick to locate and deceptively strong.
Neg: Did not seem to play with a sense of urgency as a senior. Handled at the point or controlled by tight ends. Not effective in space.
Analysis: After a breakout junior campaign Shull looked like a top prospect and while he flashed ability on film last season, his play was rather ordinary. Capped it off with a very poor performance at the combine and as a result will tumble down draft boards.
School Alabama Year 3Jr
Ht: 6-6 Wt: 351 40: 5.3 Pos: DT
Bio: Started five games as a senior last season in Alabama's rotational system and finished with numbers of 24/4/5. Played in twelve games in 2002 and posted 24/2/0.
Pos: Big bodied tackle with a good degree of underlying athleticism. Quick off the snap, displays good straight ahead power and a load in the middle. Gets penetration up the field when he keeps his pads low, shows a short burst of speed and explosion to his game.
Neg: Does not play with leverage, gets tall and makes himself an easy target for opponents. Overweight, poorly conditioned and gets sloppy with techniques. Has the propensity of ducking his head and bulrushing up the field.
Analysis: From a physical standpoint, Childress has the tools to develop into an NFL player. That said, he made a poor choice leaving college a year early and has an uphill battle ahead of him.
School Clemson Year 5Sr
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 340 40: 5.51 Pos: G
Bio: Started every game at right tackle as a senior after playing the prior campaign at guard. Consistently graded out as one of Clemson's top lineman the past two seasons.
Pos: Wide bodied lineman best in confined quarters. Blocks with good lean, hand placement and displays strength at the initial point of attack. Patient and controls opponents once engaged in the block. Gets movement from run blocks and works to finish defenders off.
Neg: Lacks footwork sliding out on the strong side, balance and body adjustment. Not explosive off the snap or effective on the second level.
Analysis: A lineman with great size as well as growth potential, Walker picked up most facets of his game as a senior. Needs to maintain conditioning and most importantly, work harder to have a shot at sticking on an NFL roster.
School Miami-Oh Year 5Sr
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 240 40: 4.83 Pos: TE
Bio: Former wide receiver who moved to tight end as a sophomore. Posted career high numbers of 34/485/7 as a senior after 33/348/1 the prior year.
Pos: Efficient pass catching tight end and a reliable receiving target. Fluid releasing off the line, on the same page as the quarterback and sells his routes. Alert, tracks the pass and adjusts to the errant throw. Comes back to the ball or follows the quarterback across the field, always giving effort to come free. Sure handed pass catcher that takes a pounding and holds onto the ball.
Neg: Not an explosive blocker and lacks strength at the point or the ability to finish off opponents. Marginal playing speed and doest outrun linebackers.
Analysis: A developmental prospect, Brandt offers solid hands and a frame that can add bulk. Practice squad player that could eventually become a team's third tight end.
School Arkansas Year 5Sr
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 213 40: 4.57 Pos: WR
Bio: Three year starter that led the Razorbacks in receiving during his senior and junior campaigns. Caught 50/900/6 last season after 49/626/7 in 2002.
Pos: Reliable wide out best as an intermediate range target. Displays good field awareness, finds the open spot in the defense and uses the sidelines well. Extends and lays out for the difficult grab or gets down to scoop up the low throw. Plays strong and does an adequate job blocking.
Neg: Lacks the quick release off the line, not a sharp route runner or a receiver that stretches the defense deep.
Analysis: Wilson offers a good degree of reliability and consistency. Does not stand out in any single aspect athletically but could find his way onto a team as a fifth receiver.
School: Oregon Year: 5Sr
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 226 40: 4.89 Pos: QB
Bio: Moved into the backup role as a senior, passing for 53.3%/879/6/4 after starting the previous campaign when he posted career numbers of 51.8%/2,752/24/10.
Pos: Intelligent passer that's been plagued with inconsistency the past two seasons. Quickly sets up in the pocket with solid footwork, stands strong against the rush and does not force the throw. Looks off the safety, puts touch on passes and throws a catchable ball. Patient, buys time for receivers and throws nice corner routes, letting targets run to the ball.
Neg: Does not sense pressure nor can he escape the rush. Lacks timing, anticipation and late throwing the outs. Previously showed a tendency to lock onto a single receiver.
Analysis: A tough leader and above average athlete, Fife has the skills to make a roster at the next level. Needs work on his overall game but threw well at the combine and is now looked upon as a late round, developmental passer.
Name: Keith Belton
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 245 Pos: FB
Belton wasn't used often as an offensive weapon for the Orangemen in 2003, carrying the ball just 35 times for 168 yards, but did open up holes for leading rusher Walter Reyes (253 rushes, 1347 yards, 20 TD's).
Name: Chris Snyder
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 204 Pos: K
Knocked in a school record 25-of-30 field goals in 2003, including a 57 yarder.
Name: Curtis Ansel
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 210 Pos: P
Averaged 41 yards per punt in 2003. Recorded career-high 83 yard punt in 2002.