The Detroit Lions ended up waiving two of their high draft picks from the 2015 draft: third-round cornerback Alex Carter and fourth-round defensive tackle Gabe Wright. The Lions decided on Sunday to bring back Carter to the practice squad, but, perhaps because of the 11 defensive lineman already on the roster, the Detroit Lions did not choose to bring Wright back to the team.
Wright becomes the second recent defensive tackle from Auburn whose career didn’t work out in Detroit. Just two years ago, the Lions declined to re-sign former first-round draft pick Nick Fairley after four up-and-down years in Detroit.
Wright’s career, however, never truly got off the ground in Detroit. He appeared in just seven games in his rookie year, despite not suffering from any injury. The Lions even resorted to adding players like Andre Fluellen and Khyri Thornton in the middle of the season rather than promoting Wright to the active game day roster.
The Lions will move on from Wright, and despite not having any defensive linemen currently signed to the practice squad, they should be okay. Detroit has six defensive tackles on the roster, including preseason breakout Kerry Hyder (who also plays defensive end) and offseason additions A’Shawn Robinson and Stefan Charles.