WR Cody Wilson (Central Michigan) - UDFA
The Detroit Lions went local by signing four undrafted free agents who played college football in the state of Michigan. Central Michigan wide receiver Cody Wilson is one of those four, and he's got connections to the Lions that go beyond simply playing football in the same state (see below).
Wilson's father, Dave Wilson, is the Lions' team chaplain.
What the experts are saying
Positive: Reliable pass catcher who consistently comes away with difficult receptions. Comes back to the ball out of breaks, extends his hands, and offers the quarterback a target. Works hard to come free, effectively uses his frame to protect the pass, then makes difficult receptions in contorted positions. Keeps the play in bounds trying to pick up positive yardage whenever the ball is in his hands.
Negative: One-speed receiver who is not a downfield threat. Average size for a possession wideout.
Analysis: Wilson lacks great measurables for the next level yet does the little things well and is a receiver who can double as a return specialist.
2009: 25 catches, 226 yards, 2 TD
2010: 83 catches, 1,137 yards, 5 TD, 18 carries, 95 yards, 1 TD
2011: 48 catches, 526 yards, 3 TD, 2 carries, 11 yards
2012: 74 catches, 840 yards, 3 TD, 6 carries, 19 yards
Outlook for 2013
There is a lot of uncertainty once you get down to the fourth or fifth spot on the depth chart at wide receiver. As a result, Wilson could work his way onto the 53-man roster if he proves to be a reliable target in the slot, especially if Ryan Broyles isn't ready for the start of the season. Wilson will also have to show an ability to contribute on special teams, but he seems like a candidate for the practice squad even if he ends up being released.