Maybin fired up about Lions 4th-round pick – his cousin

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News

Anaheim, Calif. — Cameron Maybin wasn’t much interested in talking about last season or the Tigers’ decision to trade him to the Angels. But his eyes lit up when the topic turned to his cousin — Jalen Reeves-Maybin, a fourth-round draft choice of the Detroit Lions.

“I call him my little big cousin,” Maybin said of his 6-foot, 235-pound linebacker cousin. “I talked to him when he got drafted. That was pretty cool, and of course he got drafted by Detroit. It could only happen that way.”

Maybin was a first-round pick of the Tigers in 2005. He echoed the sentiments of Lions general manager Bob Quinn regarding his cousin — they got a steal in the fourth round.

“The two years he was healthy, he tore it up,” Maybin said. “A lot of people were surprised he went in the fourth round because of his injuries, but clearly he was cleared by the doctors. So, he is excited.

“He’s one of those guys who is always around the ball. You watch the video, man, he’s always around the ball, not one of those guys under the pile.”

The Lions actually had a third-round grade on Reeves-Maybin, so they were pleasantly surprised he was around in the fourth round. He led Tennessee in tackles his sophomore and junior seasons, with 206. He is expected to compete for the weak-side linebacker spot and be an impact player on special teams.

“I got two or three other cousins just like him,” Maybin said. “It’s pretty cool. They just keep on coming.”

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