The Depth Chart series on Side Lion Report takes a closer look at some of the football players who may go unnoticed on the Detroit Lions depth chart. Be sure to follow this series if you are interested in learning about some of the lesser known players that the Lions are bringing to training camp on July 23.
College: Eastern Washington
Jersey #: 46
Overbay may have trouble winning a roster spot on the 2012 Detroit Lions 53-man roster, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t a champion. As a matter of fact, he was a player on the Eastern Washington Eagles football team that won the 2010 FCS Championship against Delaware Blue Hens 20-19. The Eagles were 13-2 that season. He will have to fight for a roster spot against proven veterans at his position such as Brandon Pettigrew, Tony Scheffler, and Will Heller, and additional lesser known tight ends such as Alex Gottlieb and Austin Wells.
Overbay is yet to record any regular season statistics; however, while playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as an undrafted free agent, during his rookie season, Nathan caught a game winning 7-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Rudy Carpenter against the Miami Dolphins during the 2011 preseason.
He spent last season on the Detroit Lions practice squad and has also spent time with the Denver Broncos. We fully expect him to earn a spot on the Lions practice squad this fall.
What the experts have to say:
Draft Scout Snapshot: DS Rating on 9/1/09: #10 TE, #159/750 Overall, Projected Rd: 5-6
2009 East-West Shrine Invite…2008: 11 GP; 9 GS; Rec: 28-364-13-2; Honorable Mention All-Big Sky. 2007: 9 GP; 2 GS; Rec: 12-215-17.9-3; Injured his hand against Portland State and missed the next three games. Combined with QB Matt Nichols for the team’s play of the week against Weber State (11/17/07) on a 36-yard touchdown catch. 2006: Lettered as a reserve tight end. His first career catch was good for 18 yards in EWU’s 34-0 win over Northern Colorado (10/14/06). 2005: Redshirted, but could not practice due to NCAA regulations. He was the team’s offensive scout team player of the week once. Personal: Nephew of major league baseball player Lyle Overbay.