The Detroit Lions are beginning to add around the edges of their roster, and continued to do so with the addition of safety Rolan Milligan, the team announced on Thursday. Milligan went undrafted in 2016, but ended up signing with the Dallas Cowboys. Milligan did not end up making the Cowboys’ 53-man roster and was not placed on a practice squad during the regular season.
In college, Milligan spent a year in JUCO before transferring to UAB. There he spent a year, amassing 54 tackles, four tackles for loss and two sacks. When UAB shut down their football program in 2015, Milligan again transferred to Toledo for his senior year in college. He had similar production there, finishing with 48 tackles, four TFLs and two interceptions.
Here’s a look at his highlights from an 2015 game in October against UMass:
As you can see from the highlights, Milligan is more of a strong safety/linebacker type, much in the same vein as Miles Killebrew. He’s a solid tackler and good in run support, but has some limitations in coverage.
Rafael Bush, who played some time at strong safety for the Lions during the 2016 season, is set to become a free agent this offseason. Though Milligan is likely a long-shot to replace Bush next season—or even to make the team, for that matter—he does give Detroit another option in the secondary and still has plenty of room to grow at just 22 years old.