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TWENTYMAN: A closer look at the Lions' undrafted rookie free agents

General manager Brad Holmes and the Detroit Lions got to work following the conclusion of the NFL Draft, working the phones to sign undrafted free agents.

The Lions had a number of undrafted free agents make big impacts over Holmes' first few years in Detroit, including tight end Brock Wright, running back Craig Reynolds and guard Kayode Awosika. Can Holmes find more contributors in 2024?

Here's a closer look at the undrafted free agents the Lions have signed as the team holds rookie minicamp in Allen Park this weekend:

WR Jalon Calhoun, Duke: Calhoun played for the Blue Devils for five seasons, starting as a freshman in 2019. He played 61 games over that span, amassing more than 3,000 yards and scoring 17 touchdowns. He had his best season in 2022 when he caught 62 passes for 873 yards.

LB Steele Chambers, Ohio State: Chambers played more snaps the last two seasons than anyone else on the Ohio State defense, recording 160 tackles, 8.0 tackles for loss and three interceptions over the 2022-23 seasons combined. He has a ton of upside, especially on special teams, and is still learning the position after converting from running back to defense in college.

View photos from offseason workouts on Monday, May 6, 2024.

OL Duke Clemens, UCLA: Clemens appeared in all 13 games as the starter at center for the Bruins in 2023. He was a second-team All-Pac-12 performer, helping the Bruins lead the Pac-12 in rushing yards per game last season including six 200-yard rushing performances.

OL Kingsley Eguakun, Florida: Eguakun started 38 games from 2020-22 but made only four starts in 2023 as he battled an injury. He was credited by Pro Football Focus with allowing only one sack in over 1,000 pass protector reps at Florida.

S Chelen Garnes, Wake Forest: Garnes started his college career at Navy before transferring to Wake Forest. He finished last season with 61 tackles (33 solo) to go along with two tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries. He ranked second on the team with five pass breakups.

LB DaRon Gilbert, Northern Illinois: Former Birmingham Brother Rice star Gilbert started all 13 games for the Huskies in 2023 after transferring from Lafayette. He finished last season with 51 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss.

LS Hogan Hatten, Idaho: Hatten wasn't credited with a single bad snap on a punt, field goal or PAT the last two seasons at Idaho. He's a former linebacker turned long snapper full-time the last two seasons.

OL Bryan Hudson, Louisville: Hudson is a good athlete with a ton of college experience. He was credited with allowing just three quarterback hits and no sacks while playing center for the Cardinals last season.

OLB Nate Lynn, William & Mary: Lynn finished his career No. 2 in William & Mary history with 28.0 sacks and No. 3 in tackles for loss (40.0). He played both inside and on the edge at 6-foot-2, 253 pounds. He forced 12 fumbles the last three seasons combined.

CB Morice Norris Jr., Fresno State: Norris has experience playing both nickel corner and safety. He was named second-team All-Mountain West last season after starting in all 13 games and finishing with 59 tackles (42 solo) 9.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, two interceptions and 10 pass breakups.

TE Isaac Rex, BYU: Rex ranks in the Top 10 in BYU history in all-time touchdowns with 24 and that number also ranks No. 1 all-time at the tight end position in school history. He recorded 34 receptions for 422 yards and three touchdowns in 2023.

S Loren Strickland, Ball State: Strickland played all 12 games with five starts for Ball State in 2023, tallying 31 tackles (23 solo) and a sack.

K James Turner, Michigan: Turner transferred to Michigan after four years at Louisville. He made 90.9 percent of his field goal tries (20-for-22) in his last season at Louisville in 2022. He was 18-for-21 this past season for the Wolverines and was 3-for-4 from 50-plus yards.

OLB Isaac Ukwu, Ole Miss: Ukwu transferred from James Madison and recorded 30 tackles, 3.5 sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss in 13 games with Ole Miss coming off the bench this past season.

WR Isaiah Williams, Illinois: Williams (5-9, 179) caught 82 passes for 1,055 yards (12.9 avg.) for the Illini last season. He's quicker than he is straight-line fast and caught over 200 passes for 2,295 and 14 touchdowns the past three seasons. He was second in the Big Ten with 17 catches of 20-plus yards last season.

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