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DT Robert Callaway (Saginaw Valley State) - Undrafted Free Agent
Every year it seems like the Lions bring in a couple local products who went undrafted. This year was no different, as the Lions signed Saginaw Valley State's Robert Callaway and invited fellow Cardinal John Jacobs to the rookie minicamp for a tryout. Jacobs didn't get a deal coming out of the tryout, but Callaway will be on the team to represent SVSU heading into training camp.
The massive DT out of Division II’s GLIAC conference has been a force for the past two years. Robert Callaway isn’t a guy whose stats are overly impressive (34 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss, and four sacks in his career), but he is not afraid to put his hand down in the ground and get a little dirty. He is one of the big guys clogging up the middle of the trenches. He consistently takes up two blockers and is an absolute load to try and move. He is a coach’s dream, as he is eager to learn and willing to make adjustments to improve himself. Callaway has recently received more interest because he impressed scouts during his GLIAC Pro Day as well as his second Pro Day at Michigan State.
Outlook for 2010
Much like the defensive end position, defensive tackle has a good mix of veterans and younger players looking to make their mark in the league. Of course, Ndamukong Suh is a younger player who should come right in and start, so it's a little different in that regard. Still, the backup spots at this position are in no way set in stone, so it's possible that if Callaway shows enough potential, he could stick around past the final round of roster cuts. It's not necessarily likely, but it's possible that he could make the team or the practice squad.
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