Our scouting report series continues with the Detroit Lions' 2013 undrafted free agents. Next up is Alex Elkins.
LB Alex Elkins (Oklahoma State) - UDFA
The other undrafted linebacker who signed with the Detroit Lions is Oklahoma State's Alex Elkins. He actually only spent two years at Oklahoma State (see below for more) before joining the Lions.
Elkins didn't start playing football until he got to Blinn College. He transferred to Oklahoma State in 2011 and played two seasons for the Cowboys.
What the experts are saying
Alex Elkins is an interesting prospect. He has only played football for a short while when walking on to his Junior College at Blinn. He quickly earned his spot and was impressive enough to earn a scholarship at Oklahoma St. He is fairly smart and natural on the football field but does lack great instincts. His athletic ability makes up a lot for his mistakes and shows rare explosiveness at the linebacker spot. He is well built physically but the main concern will be can he continue to progress and eventually be a valuable member at the NFL level.
2011: 90 tackles, 5.0 TFL, 1.0 sack, 1 INT, 3 passes defended, 1 forced fumble
2012: 75 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 2.0 sacks, 1 forced fumble
Outlook for 2013
Much like Jon Morgan, Elkins' odds of making the 53-man roster aren't great. The top five spots on the depth chart are set at linebacker, and the battle for the sixth spot will likely come down to Brandon Hepburn, Carmen Messina, Cory Greenwood, Morgan and Elkins. Chances are Elkins will have a shot at the practice squad, but he will have a tough time making the 53-man roster.
Previous scouting reports:
Draft picks: DE Ezekiel Ansah, CB Darius Slay, OG Larry Warford, DE Devin Taylor, P Sam Martin, WR Corey Fuller, RB Theo Riddick, TE Michael Williams
UDFAs: QB Alex Carder, RB Steven Miller, WR Cody Wilson, TE Joseph Fauria, OT Austin Holtz, OT LaAdrian Waddle, OG Darren Keyton, DE Freddie Bishop, DT Michael Brooks, LB Jon Morgan