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Late-round Prospects: Pre-Combine

This is just an introduction to some projected late-round draft picks that are worth looking at, and hopefully, the Lions scouting team is doing their due diligence on. Some of these guys may rise, some may fall, but as of now, these are some guys we should take a look into.

Khalid Wooten, CB, Nevada - Projected 7th - Khalid is turning heads this week at the East-West Shrine game at practices for being strong in press man coverage, and smart enough to get a bump in before 5 yards when he is not playing full press coverage. He is getting his head around and staying with his man easily in practice. His performance at the game this weekend could help his stock. I don't know if he has a combine invite.

Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff - Projected 6-7 - Terron is a small-school kid who is extremely athletic, but needs a bit of coaching up. He has an elite frame and if developed by good people, he can be a hidden gem. He has been dominating practice for the Shrine game as well. He also has the ability to slide inside to the guard spot as well. As much as we hate him, Jim Schwartz has a hard-on for guys with flexibility. Considering we need interior help but may need outside help if Backus leaves, Gosder leaves, and Fox goes down (seriously, this guy is still an unknown commodity). I would love to see him at the early 7th round pick.

Etienne Sabino, OLB, Ohio State - Projected 6th - Etienne is an intriguing prospect by virtue of his big frame and great speed. The biggest thing he needs to work on in order to be a starter at the next level is his recognition. There have been many plays that he was forced to play a step behind and had to rely on speed. With good coaching and a good work ethic from him (cannot find anything on that right now), he may be another late round guy, but in the 6th, I would prefer Brandon Kaufman over Etienne at this point.

Kerwynn Williams, RB, Utah State - Projected 6-7 - Kerwynn may be the answer we need at the tailback position. Our offense's success seems predicated on a speedy tailback, Megatron, Pettigrew, and Burleson. If you figure that if teams will constantly double Calvin, that leaves a linebacker with 4.5-4.6 speed against somebody like Jahvid Best or hopefully Kerwynn with 4.3 speed. Let's face it, we need a new return man, speed back, and screen threat, and his production, albeit in the WAC, was solid for his only season as top dog. If we end up with a later 6th round pick (via a trade or compensatory pick) and he is still on the board, I want him. It may be a wonderful pick because of the new running back coach. I would love to have a three headed monster in the backfield with Kerwynn, Mikel, and Joique. It would be a nice compliment to our receivers when they do get healthy.

Brandon Kaufman, WR, Eastern Washington - Projected 6th - Brandon is a D-1 FCS wideout with a big frame that can be a late round vertical threat. The biggest knock on him is that he played at a FCS school, but in his four games this year against FBS competition, he averaged 6 receptions for 116.25 yards per game against the FBS teams. While that is not pro level competition, it does show the willingness to compete for the ball no matter how well regarded your opponent is. We could use some of that here. I like him to be a fifth wideout for a year or two and learn from Burleson. Brandon possesses mid 4.4 to low 4.5 speed. I really wish we would have kept Shawn Jefferson around as this could be his resume piece if he was able to stay here and develop this kid into CJ's counterpart, with Broyles in the slot. Titus does not seem like that great of a vertical threat in the NFL and this kid would be my late round flyer to fix that problem.

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