OT Bryce Quigley (San Diego State) - Undrafted free agent
Last week, a day after wrapping up their offseason training program, the Detroit Lions signed former San Diego State offensive tackle Bryce Quigley. He went undrafted after tearing a tendon in his left foot late last season. He played through the injury in order to take part in San Diego State's bowl game before having surgery in early January. Now he's a member of the Lions.
Height: 6-foot-4 | Weight: 302 pounds
2010: 5 catches, 66 yards, 1 TD
2011: 9 catches, 64 yards
2012: 13 starts
2013: 13 starts
Quigley was a tight end during his first two years at San Diego State. In 2012, he moved to offensive tackle.
What the experts are saying
STRENGTHS: Experienced, three-year starter. Good athlete who is a former tight end with potential upside. Good feet enable him to get in front of defenders while blocking on the move. Can get to the second level to engage linebackers. Shows good potential as a pass blocker; can keep defenders in front of him.
WEAKNESSES: Needs to develop upper-body strength to hold up as a run blocker at the next level. Many teams will likely project him as a guard. Developmental player who must improve his anchor and tendency to get moved off the snap.
Positive: Three-year starter who lined up at left tackle the past two seasons after holding down the tight end spot as a sophomore. Under-the-radar prospect with upside. Blocks with leverage. Explosive at the point of attack and stays square. Keeps the defender in front of him, makes excellent use of blocking angles, and shows skill in pass protection. Keeps his feet moving, quick out to the second level, and effective blocking in motion.
Negative: Marginally strong at the point of attack and gets minimal movement. Tends to fall off blocks.
Outlook for 2014
Quigley is getting a late start considering he joined the Lions after the completion of their offseason training program. That will make it tough for him to beat out guys like Cornelius Lucas, J.B. Shugarts and fellow former tight end Michael Williams, who have been practicing with the Lions at offensive tackle for varying time frames this offseason. The No. 4 spot at offensive tackle is up for grabs, and Quigley could compete for a spot inside at offensive guard, but he should probably set his sights 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, DE Kalonji Kashama, DT Greg Hickman, LB Justin Jackson, CB Mohammed Seisay, S Gabe Lynn, S Jerome Couplin