Feb 25, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Cornelius Washington does a footwork drill during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

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Caraun Reid: Singer, drummer, guitarist, Princeton pre-med … and now Detroit Lions defensive tackle
Kyle Meinke – MLive.com

The Detroit Lions’ defensive line didn’t put up huge numbers last year. But they could lead the league in at least one stat next year.

IQ.

Ndamukong Suh studied construction management engineering at Nebraska, and made the Big 12’s all-acamdemic team as a senior. Ezekiel Ansah studied actuarial science (and minored in mathematics) at BYU.

Now the Lions have added a Princeton grad to the mix, selecting defensive tackle Caraun Reid in the fifth round of last week’s draft.

NFC NORTH: Looking back at the 2014 NFL Draft
Tim Twentyman – DetroitLions.com

The NFL Draft is over and the four teams in the NFC North all feel better about their football teams than they did last week.

No one knows how good these players will be until the pads come on this fall and the hitting starts, but there’s certainly optimism in Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay and Minnesota when it comes to the 2014 draft class.

Detroit Lions’ kicker competition down to Nate Freese, Giorgio Tavecchio; team signs 11 rookie free agents
Dave Birkett – Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Lions kicking competition is down to two players.

Two days after they used a seventh-round pick on Nate Freese, the Detroit Lions waived former Western Michigan kicker John Potter.

That leaves Freese, from Boston College, to compete with Giorgio Tavecchio for the kicking job this fall.

An In-Depth Look at Detroit’s Most Intriguing Selection, Caraun Reid
Jeff Risdon — Bleacher Report

Reid gets the nod for more intriguing because he’s much more likely to make a contribution in 2015. While Webster is an extremely raw athletic prospect—much more of one than Chris Greenwood was coming out of Albion—destined for the practice squad for at least a year, Reid has viable NFL skills that will allow him to contribute right away.

Lions hope undrafted Cornelius Lucas can follow LaAdrian Waddle’s path
Josh Katzenstein – The Detroit News

The 6-foot-9, 328-pound Lucas will be the biggest player on the Lions roster, and they hope he can make a similar jump from the Big 12 to the NFL as LaAdrian Waddle made in 2013, starting eight games after going undrafted out of Texas Tech. Lucas received a $20,000 bonus, according to the Baltimore Sun; that is about one-quarter of the bonus money teams can divvy among undrafted free agents.

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