Detroit Lions: Each undrafted free agent’s chance to make the final roster

Hunter Bryant, Detroit Lions (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Jalen Elliott, Detroit Lions
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Both undrafted defenders have an uphill battle to make the 53-man roster.

Safety Jalen Elliott:

If either safety is to make the roster, it will depend on what the Lions are looking for at the position. If they want someone who will be able to contribute on special teams then Notre Dame safety Jalen Elliott is someone who could surprise over the next few weeks.

Much like C.J. Moore last year, Elliott could force his way onto the 53-man roster due to his exceptional tackling and special teams abilities. Elliott rarely misses tackles and takes good routes to the ball carrier. He has a ton of experience from his college days and that is another aspect the Lions could be drawn to.

Unfortunately for his chances, he is subpar coverage man on defense and because he is not a superbly athletic player, he may never be able to contribute to an NFL defense at a high level. However, the Lions very much value elite special teamers and if he can prove to be that then he may force his way onto the roster in September.

Chance to make the 53-man roster: Low (~20%)

Safety Bobby Price:

On the other end of the safety spectrum, Bobby Price probably won’t be a special teams demon but has a much higher overall upside than that of Elliott. Price is someone who can make regular plays on the ball, breaking up or intercepting a combined 19 passes his final two years in college.

He is very athletic and fluid in the open field and brings good speed as well. He is able to play a good center fielder role due to his explosiveness but could use work with not biting on play-fakes and taking better angles to the ball carrier.

He and Elliott are pretty much opposites of each other and the Lions do choose to keep one of the undrafted safeties, which one they keep will depend on whether they’re looking for a special teams standout or a young buck with upside.

Chance to make the 53-man roster: Low (~25%)