OG D.J. Morrell (Old Dominion) - Undrafted free agent
The Detroit Lions signed four undrafted free agents on the offensive line this year, including three guys who have the ability to play guard. One of them is Old Dominion's D.J. Morrell, who joined the Lions during their initial wave of UDFA signings.
Height: 6-foot-5 | Weight: 325 pounds
2012: 13 starts
2013: 12 starts
Morrell transferred to Old Dominion after spending two years at a junior college. At ODU, he made 23 starts at right guard and 2 starts at right tackle.
What the experts are saying
Thick-bodied, well-built, right guard prospect with natural girth and a gritty football-playing demeanor that could carry him on a roster for considerable time and allow him to earn a job in a man-based, power-blocking scheme. Size, toughness and feisty temperament could serve well in a phone booth and earn the respect of the mushroom club (the NFL's offensive line coaches).
Morrell was a productive two-year starter used at both tackle and guard for Old Dominion. His size and versatility at several offensive line positions could help him make a roster as an inexpensive backup.
Outlook for 2014
Barring an injury to one of the Lions' starters or draft pick Travis Swanson, Morrell will likely have to beat out Rodney Austin if he wants to make the 53-man roster. If that doesn't happen, he should at least be a candidate for the practice squad.