The Detroit Lions have addressed their needs upfront on defense with the selection of Arkansas defensive lineman Jeremiah Ledbetter with their first pick in the sixth round Saturday.
Ledbetter comes from good football stock as his father, Weldon, was a running back at Oklahoma from 1979 to 1982, and was drafted by Tampa Bay in the seventh round of the 1983 draft.
Ledbetter (6-3, 280) has the potential to play inside or outside in Detroit, given his size and athletic traits. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.84 seconds at the Combine and put up 29 reps on the bench.
"I'm willing to play any position the Detroit Lions want me to play," Ledbetter said in a conference call. "I'm a defensive lineman. I can play defensive tackle or defensive end. It doesn't matter. It's up to the coaches. Whatever they want me to do, I'll do it."
He began his collegiate playing career at Hutchinson Community College, finishing there as an All-American in 2014 with 24.5 tackles for loss and 15.5 sacks.
He transferred to Arkansas and stepped in right away, making 55 tackles, 7.5 for loss, and two sacks as a junior. He topped those marks as a senior this past season with 5.5 sacks, and was credited with 49 total tackles, 7.5 for loss.
The Lions came into this draft with a need to add talent and depth at both defensive end and defensive tackle, and Ledbetter is hoping he can provide that as a late-round pick.
View photos of the Detroit Lions' sixth-round pick (205th overall), Arkansas defensive tackle Jeremiah Ledbetter.