Lions sign eight of nine draft picks, 14 UDFAs
The Detroit Lions announced the signing of eight of the team’s nine draft picks, as well as 14 undrafted free agents.
The team got the contracts done prior to the start of rookie minicamp Friday afternoon. Only wide receiver Kenny Golladay, the team’s third-round choice out of Northern Illinois, remains unsigned.
There were no surprises among the group of undrafted signings, which had all been reported last week.
The undrafted class is made up of Alabama State tight end Brandon Barnes, San Diego State defensive end Alex Barrett, Pittsburgh receiver Dontez Ford, Cincinnati running back Tion Green, Mississippi State defensive tackle Nick James, Hawaii offensive lineman Leo Koloamatangi, North Carolina cornerback Des Lawrence, Toledo offensive tackle Storm Norton, Stanford receiver Michael Rector, Auburn defensive tackle Maurice Swain, Connecticut receiver Noel Thomas, Southern Utah cornerback Josh Thornton, Indiana State tight end Robert Tonyan and UNVL defensive end Jeremiah Valoaga.
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Contract details were not immediately available, but only first-round pick Jarrad Davis will have a significant impact on the team’s salary cap.
Davis figures to earn slightly more than last year’s No. 21 pick, Texans receiver Will Fuller.
Fuller’s four-year, $10.2 million deal included $9.4 million in guarantees, a $5.6 million signing bonus and a $1.85 million cap hit his first year.
Front office moves
The Lions announced a handful of promotions within the team’s scouting department. After two years as the director of college scouting, Lance Newmark’s role will be expanded as director of player personnel to also encompass pro scouting.
Longtime scout Dave Sears has also been named the assistant director of college scouting.