TWENTYMAN: Lions sign 11 undrafted rookie free agents

Posted May 12, 2014

The Lions found a couple diamonds in the rough last year in Joe Fauria and LaAdrian Waddle. Can they do it for a second year in a row?

Shortly after the draft last year, the Lions took to the phones and acquired tight end Joseph Fauria and tackle LaAdrian Waddle as undrafted free agents.

All Fauria did was rank second on the team behind Calvin Johnson (12) with seven touchdown receptions and Waddle started eight games at right tackle.

The Lions found a couple diamonds in the rough last year in Fauria and Waddle. Could they do it for a second year in a row?

The Lions have signed 11 undrafted free agents:

James Franklin, QB, 6-2, 230, Missouri: Franklin was a dual-threat quarterback at Missouri, throwing for 6,962 yards and rushing for 1,729 over his career.

Cornelius Lucas, T, 6-9, 328, Kansas State: Lucas, a 6-foot-9, 328-pound offensive lineman from New Orleans who started at left tackle as a junior and senior with the Wildcats.

Andrew Peacock, WR, 5-10, 190, Appalachian State: Peacock finished his career as Appalachian State’s all-time leader with 208 career catches and ranks fifth in school history with 2,108 receiving yards. He had 79 receptions as a junior in 2012 and 78 as a senior in 2013.

Mohammed Seisay, CB, 6-2, 200, Nebraska: Saw action in 2013 in Nebraska’s nickel and dime packages. Finished the season with nine tackles (eight solo) and one tackle for loss.

Gabe Lynn, S, 6-0, 204, Oklahoma:

Gabe LynnS Gabe Lynn (Photo: AP Images)

Started 13 games last year with 57 tackles (three for loss), 2.5 sacks and four interceptions.

Chad Abram, FB, 6-0, 229, Florida State: Helped FSU tally 2,844 yards rushing last year. Had seven carries for 29 yards (4.1 avg.) in 2013. Had nine receptions for 73 yards and three touchdowns. Caught an 11-yard touchdown in the BCS National Championship game.

Alex Bullard, G, 6-2, 302, Tennessee: Played in 11 games with 10 starts at left guard. Helped offensive line gain 2,261 rushing yards, the most by the Vols since 2004.

D.J Morrell, G, 6-6, 325, Old Dominion: Started all 25 games he played at ODU, playing guard and tackle. Held Pittsburgh All-American defensive tackle Aaron Donald (first defensive tackle taken in 2014 draft) to two tackles this past season.

Justin Jackson, LB, 6-1, 230, Wake Forest: The outside linebacker finished his Wake Forest career with 196 total tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss, and seven sacks.

Jacob Maxwell, TE, 6-4, 240, Louisiana Lafayette: Recorded 31 catches and six touchdowns in 20 games played over the last two seasons.

Jerome Couplin, S, 6-2, 215, William and Mary: A three-year starter, Couplin finished his career with 257 total tackles (158 solo), 4.5 tackles for a loss, five interceptions, 21 passes defended, five forced fumbles, one fumble recovery.

To make room on the 90-man roster for these additions, the Lions released cornerback Nate Ness, safety Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, tight end Matt Veldman, kicker John Potter, wide receiver Carlin Isles, linebacker Jon Morgan, center Sherman Carter and wide receiver Cody Wilson