The Detroit Lions roster currently has 12 undrafted free agent rookies on it. Here’s a look at all 12:
- TE Brandon Barnes
- DE Alex Barrett
- WR Dontez Ford
- RB Tion Green
- C Leo Koloamatangi
- CB Desmond Lawrence
- T Storm Norton
- WR Michael Rector
- WR Noel Thomas
- CB Josh Thornton
- TE Robert Tonyan
- DE Jeremiah Valoaga
With Detroit’s current roster at 90 total players, many of the above athletes are longshots to make the roster when the Lions have to cut down to just 53 players at the end of the preseason.
However, it’s not unheard of to see an undrafted free agent make the team. In fact just last year both Cole Wick and Adairius Barnes managed to end up on the roster despite going undrafted.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
Which Lions UDFA is most likely to make the final roster?
My answer: I’m going to go with center Leo Koloamatangi. While I’m not overly impressed with Koloamatangi’s play, he just so happens to be Detroit’s only true backup center on the roster. Though Graham Glasgow could very well become Detroit’s starting center in 2018, he’s more likely to play a guard role with Travis Swanson still holding down the starting position.
That leaves a huge opportunity for Koloamatangi to justify a roster spot. Though Glasgow’s versatility could save Detroit a roster spot, it’s also a fairly big risk for Detroit to have their backup center as their (potentially) starting left guard. An injury would result in a huge shakeup along the offensive line, and Koloamatangi could save the Lions the trouble.