Remember how the Detroit Lions were one of several teams potentially interested in linebacker Brandon Copeland following his impressive Veteran Combine workout last month? Well, it turns out that Copeland has now signed with the Lions, according to Dave Birkett.
Copeland's performance at the Veteran Combine clearly turned a lot of heads considering how much competition the Lions had in their pursuit of him:
Brandon Copeland visited five teams, had 12 teams interested in signing him before joining the Lions.— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) April 3, 2015
As we now know, Copeland picked the Lions over the other teams he visited, and now he will be in a battle to make the 53-man roster at an already deep position. Actually, linebacker may be the deepest position on the Lions' entire roster, and now they're getting someone who ran a 4.52 40-yard dash at the Veteran Combine. Here's more info on Copeland:
Copeland entered the NFL in 2013 as an undrafted free agent out of Penn. He spent the 2013 offseason with the Baltimore Ravens but was let go during the final round of cuts. He then spent some time on the Tennessee Titans' practice squad, and he was on their offseason roster in 2014. Once again, he was let go during the final round of cuts, and he only spent a couple of weeks on Tennessee's practice squad before again becoming a free agent.
Copeland was most recently with the Arena Football League's Orlando Predators. Now, though, thanks to his performance at the Veteran Combine, he is a member of the Detroit Lions.