DE Kalonji Kashama (Eastern Michigan) - Undrafted free agent
After going undrafted, Eastern Michigan defensive end Kalonji Kashama was invited to the Detroit Lions' rookie minicamp on a tryout basis. He didn't immediately earn a contract following the minicamp, but the Lions did eventually sign him as an undrafted free agent at the beginning of June.
Height: 6-foot-4 | Weight: 270 pounds
2010: 14 tackles, 3.0 TFL, 2.0 sacks
2011: 28 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 1 PD
2012: 30 tackles, 4.0 TFL, 3.0 sacks, 2 FF
2013: 32 tackles, 9.0 TFL, 5.5 sacks, 2 FF
Kashama, who is from Brampton, Ontario, Canada, was the 27th overall pick in the 2013 CFL Draft.
What the experts are saying
Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin:
"We saw that he had a nice little burst off the edge and he can run and possibly do some pass rush. Anytime you have a guy that can possibly be a type of pass-rusher in this league, you're going to make sure you further examine him and see if he can really do it."
Kashama is the last of four brothers to play college football at the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level and professionally. His brother, Alain, played at the University of Michigan from 1999-2003 and also played in the NFL and CFL; his brother, Hakeem, was a player at the University of Connecticut from 1999-03 and played in the NFL and CFL; and his other brother, Fernand, played at Western Michigan University from 2004-08 followed by a stint in the CFL.
Outlook for 2014
With Ziggy Ansah, Jason Jones, Devin Taylor, Darryl Tapp, Larry Webster and George Johnson ahead of him at defensive end, it's extremely unlikely that Kashama will even be in the mix to make the 53-man roster. His best hope is to do enough to get a shot at a spot on the practice squad.
Previous scouting reports
Draft picks: TE Eric Ebron, OLB Kyle Van Noy, C Travis Swanson, CB Nevin Lawson, DE Larry Webster, DT Caraun Reid, WR TJ Jones, K Nate Freese
UDFAs: QB James Franklin, FB Chad Abram, WR Andrew Peacock, TE Jacob Maxwell, OT Cornelius Lucas, OG D.J. Morrell, OG Alex Bullard, OG A.J. Dalton