OG A.J. Dalton (Robert Morris) - Undrafted free agent
Robert Morris' A.J. Dalton was mentioned as an undrafted free agent signing of the Detroit Lions shortly after the 2014 NFL Draft ended, but he wasn't actually included in their initial announcement on UDFAs. Instead, he officially joined the team four days later, just in time for the beginning of their rookie minicamp.
Height: 6-foot-3 | Weight: 296 pounds
2010: 7 starts
2011: 11 starts
2012: 8 starts
2013: 11 starts
As a freshman at Robert Morris, Dalton was a left guard. For his final three years in college, Dalton served as Robert Morris' starting left tackle.
What the experts are saying
Dalton was the leader of RMU's offensive line in 2013, providing a key veteran presence to the unit. He started all 11 games this past year for the second time in three years. Dalton made each of his final 31 starts at left tackle where he was charged with protecting the quarterback's blind side. Dalton was one of the factors that helped RMU win the time of possession battle in every one of its conference games in 2013, a fact that helped the Colonials lead the league in time of possession within Northeast Conference play. Additionally, Dalton allowed only one sack during his entire senior season, a fact that helped him earn All-NEC First Team honors.
Outlook for 2014
Dalton's ability to play both tackle and guard could make him an intriguing backup option if he has a strong summer. At the very least, he should get a look for the practice squad, but he will likely have to outperform Rodney Austin to have a shot at making the 53-man roster.