The Detroit Lions announced their undrafted free agents on Monday afternoon -- 11 of them in all -- and over the next few days, you will get brief primers on them here as the team prepares for rookie minicamp this weekend.
Name: Andrew Peacock
Position: Wide receiver
School: Appalachian State
ESPN pre-draft position rank: No. 154 wide receiver
Career College Stats: Had 208 receptions for 2,108 yards and nine touchdowns.
Chances of making it to camp: 80 percent.
Why him: Peacock is an intriguing prospect. He clearly is a slot receiver in the Detroit offense with his size – just under 5-foot-10 – and that is a crowded spot right now with Broyles, Ross, Jones and maybe even Edwards at that position. Plus, the Lions could easily line up Tate or Eric Ebron or Joseph Fauria in the slot, too.
Peacock had a productive career with the Mountaineers and will likely at least receive a look at camp. The Lions appear to be comfortable with players from Appalachian State, drafting punter Sam Martin last season and signing running back Steven Miller and keeping him around all season. There is also a pedigree of players from Appalachian State becoming NFL receivers. Brian Quick (St. Louis) and Armanti Edwards are two recent examples, although Edwards was a college quarterback and is not currently on a roster.
Peacock could be an intriguing player to watch, mostly because for as deep as the slot receiver position might seem, it really isn’t all that deep. Broyles is coming off another major injury. Ross is primarily a returner. Jones is a rookie. Edwards has not been productive when he has played. Of course, all of these players could be in trouble if the team uses a combination of Tate, Ebron and Fauria as its slot options this fall.