TE Austin Wells (Northern Iowa) - Undrafted Free Agent
After signing undrafted free agent tight end Alex Gottlieb, the Detroit Lions also added Austin Wells, an undrafted free agent tight end from Northern Iowa. Wells' career actually began at Nebraska-Omaha, but he ended up at Northern Iowa for his senior season in 2011.
2008 (at Nebraska-Omaha): 3 catches, 34 yards, 1 TD
2009 (at Nebraska-Omaha): 20 catches, 248 yards, 2 TD
2010 (at Nebraska-Omaha): 12 catches, 279 yards, 5 TD
2011 (at Northern Iowa): 8 catches, 63 yards, 0 TD
Outlook for 2012
Just like Gottlieb, Wells faces an uphill battle in his attempt to make the 53-man roster. The Lions have Brandon Pettigrew, Tony Scheffler and Will Heller back, and barring an injury, the spots at tight end seem to be locked up. It would take quite an effort in training camp out of Wells or the other TEs trying to make the team to actually unseat someone like Heller. In all likelihood, Wells' hopes of sticking around will come down to making the practice squad.
More scouting reports: Riley Reiff, Ryan Broyles, Dwight "Bill" Bentley, Ronnell Lewis, Tahir Whitehead, Chris Greenwood, Jonte Green, Travis Lewis, Kellen Moore, Stephfon Green, Troy Burrell, Patrick Edwards, Jared Karstetter, Wallace Miles, Alex Gottlieb