DE Freddie Bishop (Western Michigan) - UDFA
Western Michigan defensive end Freddie Bishop was the final player from a local college to sign with the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent this year. He took part in their local workout before the draft, and they decided to add him as extra depth at defensive end.
Bishop wasn't one of the Lions' original undrafted free agent signings this year. Instead, he was signed after the Lions' rookie minicamp when they made some changes to their roster.
What the experts are saying
Freddie Bishop is one of the most underrated football players in this year's draft, and I am sure Freddie doesn’t mind me saying that. Freddie is a superb athlete who understands his position and does a great job at getting after the ball. I can see Bishop on a team that uses either a 3-4 or a 4-3 because of his strength. He was a very solid starter in the MAC division which had guys such as Eric Fisher of Central Michigan.
2009: 30 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks
2010: 28 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 4.0 sacks, 1 forced fumble
2011: 51 tackles, 12.0 TFL, 5.5 sacks
2012: 63 tackles, 11.5 TFL, 4.0 sacks, 2 passes defended, 2 forced fumbles
Outlook for 2013
Chances are the Lions will keep five defensive ends, and the top four is pretty much set with Ziggy Ansah, Jason Jones, Willie Young and Devin Taylor. Ronnell Lewis is not a lock to make the team as the fifth defensive end by any means, so it's possible that Bishop could earn a spot on the 53-man roster with a strong showing this summer on defense and special teams. It may not be likely, but the door is open, and Bishop should have a shot at landing on the practice squad even if he's not able to make the 53-man roster.