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Although undrafted free agents couldn’t officially sign with teams until Tuesday morning, that didn’t stop the Lions from going out and getting their hands on a few new rookies during the late night hours.
Let us take a look at who the Lions have signed so far…
Preston Dial – Tight End – Alabama
- Dial had a solid career at Alabama, although never really putting up huge numbers in the receiving department. He finished his career with 30 receptions for 318 yards and three touchdowns. His biggest year statistically came during his senior campaign when he caught 25 balls for 264 yards and found himself in the end zone three times.
- Although playing at a FCS school, Harris had an all around good tenure in college. A high school quarterback converted to college wide receiver, Harris found himself pretty much doing anything and everything for the Racers. During his four years, Harris not only played wide receiver but also returned kicks, played QB a handful of times, and even got the opportunity to rush the ball a few times. Statistically he caught 87 passes for 997 yards and 10 touchdowns in his college career.Ryan Donahue – Punter – Iowa
- Donahue, coming from a school known for its kicking specialists, found himself as the second best rated punting prospect going into the draft. It came as a surprise that no one could find a need for Donahue, but then again punters are a dime a dozen and no real need to spend a draft pick on one. During his senior season at Iowa, Donahue averaged 44.6 yards a punt with 22 downed inside the 20 yard line. He also earned all conference honorable mention all four years of his career.
- Davie had the honor of playing for Pat Fitzgerald at Northwestern, so you know this guy’s got some tenacity. He carries a six foot four inch 230 pound frame and he knows how to throw every bit of it around on the field. During his senior season he had 70 total tackles, 33 of which were solo, one and a half sacks, one forced fumble, three interceptions, and even returned one of those interceptions for a touchdown.
- The Southwestern Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year for 2010. As a senior, Fulghum led the team with 91 tackles and 9 sacks. He finished the year ranked third in total tackles, first in sacks, and sixth in tackles for loss in the SWAC.
- Silva had an average career at Hampton, intercepting 6 passes and returning one of them for a touchdown.
- After being denied a sixth year of NCAA eligibility, Smith made the decision to enter the NFL. Smith had his senior year cut short by a torn ACL and MCL in the second game of the season. His best year in college came during his junior season when he caught 91 passes for 1100 yards and six touchdowns.
- Mixon, a transfer from the University of Michigan, became eligible to play at Kent State in 2008. During his senior season in 2010 he produced 82 total tackles, six and a half sacks, one forced fumble, and one interception.
- During his time at Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Jenkins amassed numbers that landed him second on the schools all time list with 273 total catches and 34 touchdowns. Jenkins also received All-American honors during his time at UW-Stevens Point, but not for his receiving abilities. He was actually named All-American for his punting abilities.
- Maddux had been playing in the Arena Football League leading up to this signing. While at CMU, Maddux received All-MAC conference second team honors his senior season. He started 47 total games in his career, 39 at left guard and eight at right guard.
Also I hope to be able to report on any big free agent signings that might take place later on in the day.
Hope everyone has a great day!