Lions Sign All But Two Draft Choices

The Detroit Lions selected nine players in the 2008 draft and now all but two under contract.

The Detroit Lions selected nine players in the 2008 draft and now have seven under contract.

The latest to sign were third-round picks Kevin Smith (RB) and Andre Fluellen (DE), fifth-rounders Kenneth Moore (WR) and James Felton (FB) and seventh-round selections Landon Cohen (DE) and Caleb Campbell (S).

Fluellen, a defensive tackle from Florida St. University, signed a three-year deal with the following minimum base salaries: (08) $295,000 (09) $385,000 (10) $470,000 along with a signing bonus of just over $511,000.

Fluellen is seen as a good fit for head coach Rod Marinelli's cover-2 defensive scheme because of his ability to shed blocks and to disrupt plays.

Cohen signed for the same base salaries over his three-year deal. He'll also get a signing bonus of just short of $44,000.

The former Ohio University defensive tackle is seen as a developmental practice squad candidate.

Terms of the other deals were not immediately available.

The Lions still have yet to sign first-round pick Gosder Cherilus, the towering offensive tackle from Boston College, or middle linebacker Jordon Dizon, whom many predict will compete for the starting position.


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