Five undrafted free agents who could make the Detroit Lions roster

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Obinna Eze, OT, TCU

A good way to look for undrafted free agents that are high on a team’s list are those that sign guaranteed contracts. TCU’s Obinna Eze reportedly got the largest guarantee the Lions gave out to a UDFA this year ($170,000 total).

A two-year starter at Memphis before transferring to TCU for the 2021 season, Eze is a big man: 6-foot-6, 321 pounds, with 36-inch arms and a wingspan just over seven feet. His “rare length and wingspan” allows him to “cover a sweeping, wide perimeter around his frame,” according to offensive line guru Brandon Thorn. Eze earned Honorable Mention Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year last year, and an invite to the East-West Shrine Bowl.

Eze’s prospects of making the Lions’ roster look like a long shot with Taylor Decker and Penei Sewell unequivocally locked in as the two starting tackles. But Eze could easily push Matt Nelson for the swing tackle spot, and the opportunity seems to be right in front of him.

Eze may be destined to land on Detroit’s practice squad, but they may have to keep him on the 53-man roster to ensure keeping him around if they want to.