Now that 2020 NFL Draft is ending, it’s time to look forward to free agency. While 255 players were taken in the draft, there are hundreds more in this rookie class that will still be looking for a job in the NFL, and plenty of teams will be hungry to find that diamond in the rough.
Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn noted last week that complications from the COVID-19 outbreak could have a drastic impact on this year’s undrafted class.
“If we’re not going to have a normal offseason, we’re already going to be delayed at least three weeks, it’s going to be harder for them,” Quinn said. “It’s kind of something we’ve talked about internally, for sure.”
The Lions were well prepared for this and filled out most of their roster prior to the 2020 NFL Draft. With the nine additions in the draft—which you can view right here—the Lions are already up to 87 players on their roster, just three short of the limit. Last year, the Lions signed 13 UDFAs. It’s fair to assume that list will be much shorter this year.
However, remember that UDFAs typically either sign or agree to a tryout with each team. It’s not always clear which is the case when news first breaks, and it’s unclear if UDFAs will get the opportunity to try out virtually, since team facilities are currently closed throughout the NFL.
Regardless, we will update this post as any and all UDFA news and rumors regarding the Detroit Lions.
Lions 2020 UDFA signings
Iowa State long snapper Steven Wirtel (Source)
South Dakota State FB Luke Sellers (Source)
Washington TE Hunter Bryant (Source)
Notre Dame S Jalen Elliott (Source)
Auburn P Arryn Siposs (Source)
Norfolk State DB Bobby Price (Source)
Auburn DB Jeremiah Dinson (Source)
Note: Early reports had Ferris State defensive lineman Austin Edwards going to Detroit. However, he has signed with the Falcons instead.