September 10, 2011; Colorado Springs, CO, USA; TCU Horned Frogs defensive end Braylon Broughton (99) tackles Air Force Falcons running back Asher Clark (17) by grabbing his jersey in the second quarter at Falcon Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew B. Fielding-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions Awarded DE Braylon Broughton in Waiver Claim

Oct 1, 2011; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Southern Methodist Mustangs quarterback J.J. McDermott (15) gets a pass off against TCU Horned Frogs defensive end Braylon Broughton (99) during their game at Amon G. Carter Stadium. The Mustangs defeated the Frogs 40-33 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions had an open spot on their offseason roster and have filled it today after being awarded a waiver claim for defensive end Braylon Broughton. He went undrafted a year ago and spent last season on the New Orleans Saints practice squad.

The Lions have shown interest in Broughton going back to last Spring during the pre-draft process ahead of the 2012 NFL Draft. Broughton visited the Lions so while he may be a camp body at this point, he is one the Lions obviously like to some degree.

Whether or not that is enough to translate into a roster spot remains to be seen, especially after the Lions drafted two defensive ends last month.

Broughton is without question a developmental player – he is a high-motor player who started just five of the 42 games he played in over the course of his college career.

This is the type of move we are likely to see throughout the rest of the offseason as the Lions continue to evaluate options for improving their roster.

Here is some video from his play at TCU:

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