Report: Lions looking at UMass' Frohnapfel as developmental QB

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
Quarterback Blake Frohnapfel

The Lions’ search for a developmental quarterback led them to Amherst, Massachusetts on Thursday.

According to the National Football Post, Lions quarterbacks coach Brian Callahan as well as a scout met with former UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel before the Minutemen’s pro day began Thursday. projects Frohnapfel as an undrafted free agent and the No. 23 quarterback in the draft, but he does have some good traits. He’s 6-foot-6 and 238 pounds and started the past two years, including a 2014 season with 23 touchdowns compared to 10 interceptions. However, he completed just 56.4 percent of passes in 2015 and 55.1 percent in 2014.

For now, Dan Orlovsky is the backup to Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford after re-signing on a one year deal two weeks ago, but the team could draft a developmental quarterback this year for the first time since taking Stafford in 2009.

The highlight of the UMass pro day will be wide receiver Tajae Sharpe, who’s 6-foot-2 and was Frohnapfel’s top target the past two years with 2,600 yards combined.