The Detroit Lions announced their undrafted free agents on Monday afternoon -- 11 of them in all -- and over the next few days, you'll get brief primers on all of them here as the team prepares for rookie minicamp this weekend.
Name: D.J. Morrell
Position: Offensive guard
School: Old Dominion
ESPN pre-draft position rank: No. 23 offensive guard
Career college stats: Made 25 starts for Old Dominion after transferring from Dean Junior College. Of those starts, 23 came at right guard and two came at right tackle.
Chances of making it to camp: 60 percent.
Why him: Likely size. Honestly don’t know much about Morrell yet other than he has impressive size at 6-foot-5, 325 pounds. The game that might have gotten him some attention came against Pittsburgh, when he was matched up with first-rounder Aaron Donald and held him to two tackles.
NFL.com reported he did 27 reps of 225 pounds at his pro day. His story is pretty intriguing and his character might have caught Detroit as well. This story in the Virginian-Pilot describes the relationship he has with his family and specifically his brother, Brian. It’s a story that is worth your time as it would help you understand Morrell's motivation as he tries to get into camp and make a roster. To make the Lions, he would likely have to beat out fellow undrafted free agent Alex Bullard and either Austin or Keyton. Warford and Swanson would feel like close to locks to make the roster and Sims should be on the roster unless the team cuts him at some point for cap space, although that would seem somewhat unlikely at this point.