Which Detroit Lions undrafted rookies have the best chance to make the team?

As OTAs ramp up and minicamp looms next month, which Lions' UDFAs have the best chance to make the 53-man roster?
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The Detroit Lions started their next phase of OTAs on Tuesday, and the media was able to see practice on Thursday. So there will be close looks and reports of what players are doing on the practice field, which will feed the hunger for football in May.

The Lions' group of undrafted rookies enter OTAs with an uphill climb to crack one of the best rosters in the NFL. But there is a definite path for some to stick around, and for some to make the 53-man roster out of training camp. The Lions operate a meritocracy, with no real regard for experience, contract size, draft status, etc. Those who earn it will make it, plain and simple, but there will be some hard decisions to make come final roster cuts.

With our post-draft list of five undrafted rookies who could steal a spot on the 53-man roster as a jumping off point, these five Lions' UDFAs have the best chance to make the team and that effort to stand out is starting in earnest this week.

5 Lions' undrafted rookies who have best chance to make the team with OTAs rolling now

5. DB Morice Norris

The Lions met with Norris at Fresno State's Pro Day and had dinner with him after, so signing him as a UDFA was not much of a shock.

Norris was primarily a slot/nickel corner over two years of action at Fresno State, but he lined up all at least a little bit all over the field (outside corner, in the box, outside linebacker, free safety). He had a nice season in 2022 (57 total tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, one sack and six pass breakups), then he did even better last season (59 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 10 pass breakups, two interceptions).

Norris navigated adversity to become a productive college player and turn himself into a draft prospect. He seems like the kind of player the Lions will easily fall in love with, and there's space for him to assert himself and take a roster spot.