S Martavius Neloms (Kentucky) - UDFA
The lone undrafted defensive back the Detroit Lions signed this year is Kentucky's Martavius Neloms. He is slated to play safety for the Lions after spending four years with the Wildcats in the SEC.
Neloms was teammates with Lions third-round pick Larry Warford in college at Kentucky.
What the experts are saying
Neloms is a well-seasoned member of the secondary for the Wildcats. He played at corner in his first 2 seasons, switched to safety as a junior and moved back to corner as a senior. He has an undersized build with some growth potential to further develop for the position at the NFL level. He is a solid overall athlete with good speed and range in his play. He is very quick to get his depth, and then break forward once the quarterback delivers the ball. He takes consistent angles to the ball in the air. He does a decent job of maintaining good coverage position downfield, but he doesn't look confident at times, perhaps due to the position switching. He projects the ability to be a solid coverage player against a tight end because of his height. In run support, he is fast to close and physical on contact. He is a very good open field tackler on the move. He plays bigger than his listed size in attacking the run. He is very aggressive and quick to react to bubble screens on the perimeter as well.
2009: 14 tackles, 1 pass defended
2010: 55 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 2.0 sacks, 2 passes defended, 1 forced fumble
2011: 71 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 1.0 sack, 1 INT, 6 passes defended, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 1 TD
2012: 53 tackles, 1.0 TFL, 1 INT, 1 pass defended, 2 forced fumbles
Outlook for 2013
The Lions have a lot of depth at safety. Behind starters Louis Delmas and Glover Quin are Don Carey, John Wendling, Amari Spievey, Ricardo Silva and Tyrell Johnson. As a result, Neloms faces long odds when it comes to making the 53-man roster. His best bet at sticking around will be by making the practice squad.