S Gabe Lynn (Oklahoma) - Undrafted free agent
The Detroit Lions did not address the safety position during the draft, but they did sign two undrafted safeties. One of them is Gabe Lynn, who played at Oklahoma.
Height: 6-foot-0 | Weight: 211 pounds
2010: 1 PD
2011: 22 tackles, 2.0 TFL, 2 PD
2012: 37 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 3 PD
2013: 57 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 2.0 sacks, 4 INT, 3 PD
Lynn majored in human relations at Oklahoma.
What the experts are saying
Positive: Two-year starter who posted a career-best 57 tackles and 4 interceptions as a senior. Has lined up at both cornerback and safety. Underrated secondary prospect with a solid game. Plays smart, disciplined football. Shows good awareness and stays with assignments. Quick to defend the run, sells out on the blitz, and shows a closing burst. Flashes ball skills over the slot receiver. Wraps up when tackling.
Negative: Lacks great range in centerfield. Does not show the speed necessary to recover from mistakes. Comes with average size for safety.
Lynn is a long corner, which holds appeal to the Lions. He flashed some skills at times, though he’s pretty stiff in the hips. The 4.58 he ran in the 40 at his pro day is evident from his on-field play. He’s got decent bulk and could make the transition to safety. He played opposite Aaron Colvin and saw a lot of balls thrown his way in 2013. Came down with 4 INTs, the only ones of his Sooners career. Nine career PDs.
Outlook for 2014
The Lions already seem to have a pretty established top five at safety, but a strong summer could propel Lynn into consideration for a spot on the 53-man roster. At the very least, his only competition at safety for a potential spot on the practice squad is Jerome Couplin, so he could stick around even if he doesn't actually make the team.
Previous scouting reports
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, DE Kalonji Kashama, DT Greg Hickman, LB Justin Jackson, CB Mohammed Seisay