OG Pat Boyle (Temple) - Undrafted Free Agent
Pat Boyle is one of four undrafted offensive linemen who signed with the Detroit Lions. He is officially listed as an offensive guard on the Lions roster. While that may be his primary position with the Lions, Boyle was actually Temple's starting left tackle in 2011. Before then, he made starts at left guard and right guard in 2010, so he has some versatility.
A 2011 first-team All-MAC honoree, Boyle was cited on the 2012 and 2011 Athletic Director's Honor Roll and the 2011 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Football Team. A 2011 ECAC All-Star and two-year starter, Boyle started all 13 games at left tackle last fall, helping Temple to the most rushing touchdowns and yards in a season. The recipient of the 2011 Owl Club Academic Award, he played in the inaugural AstroTurf NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in January. The psychology major was part of the winningest Senior Class in Temple football history.
Outlook for 2012
Boyle's outlook for 2012 is really the same as Rodney Austin, the undrafted offensive guard we scouted earlier in the week. With there not being a ton of depth at offensive guard, Boyle has a legitimate shot to make the team. Only starters Rob Sims and Stephen Peterman are locks to make the team at offensive guard, and the only other guard returning from last season is Jacques McClendon. The Lions may not opt to keep more than two or three guards on the team, but if they do, there's a good chance the extra spot will go to one of the UDFAs.
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