DT Michael Brooks (East Carolina) - UDFA
The Detroit Lions only signed two undrafted defensive linemen this year, and Michael Brooks is the only defensive tackle. He joins the Lions after spending four years at East Carolina.
Brooks "possesses one of the top flexibility ratings of any player in the ECU program with a mark of 16.0," according to East Carolina.
What the experts are saying
Brooks has good size and the ability to penetrate the backfield. However, he also has a history of knee issues - one to each knee, including season-ending surgery on his right knee in 2010. He also struggled with consistent production at East Carolina.
2009: 24 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 1 pass defended
2010: 29 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 0.5 sacks, 1 INT, 1 pass defended
2011: 55 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 1.0 sack
2012: 35 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 2.0 sacks, 1 INT, 1 pass defended
Outlook for 2013
The Lions' top three is set at defensive tackle with Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley and C.J. Mosley. The fourth spot, as of right now, is up for grabs. Ogemdi Nwagbuo and Jimmy Saddler-McQueen are back to battle for that spot, but it's not locked down by any means. As long as the Lions don't go out and sign a veteran to fill that spot, the door will be open for Brooks to make the 53-man roster. If that door closes, he could have a shot at sticking as a member of the practice squad.