The Detroit Lions suddenly find themselves with a surplus of cornerbacks after drafting two in the 2017 NFL Draft. As a result, the Lions announced on Tuesday that they have waived cornerback Ian Wells.
The Lions brought in Wells as an undrafted free agent rookie last year, but he suffered a torn ACL during one of the joint practices with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Lions ended up waiving Wells, then placing him on the injured reserve, making sure they still had his rights in 2017.
In college at Ohio, Wells stood out as a good cover corner. In his final two years as a Bobcat, he tallied two interceptions and 18 passes defended, per sports-reference.com.
Though Wells was likely a longshot to make the roster anyways, especially coming off of ACL surgery, his fate was essentially sealed when the Lions drafted Teez Tabor in the second round and Jamal Agnew in the fifth round in addition to adding DJ Hayden in free agency.
The Lions now currently have 78 players officially signed to the team, although they are expected to sign several undrafted free agents to get them to the allowed 90 players on the roster.