The Lions are steadily working their way through contracts for the players they drafted last month.
Tim Twentyman of the team’s website reports that wide receiver Ryan Broyles, cornerback Chris Greenwood, linebacker Tahir Whitehead and defensive end Ronnell Lewis have agreed to terms on their four-year contracts. All three players will be in town for the team’s rookie minicamp this weekend.
Broyles’ talent as a receiver isn’t in doubt, but the second-round pick’s health is expected to be an issue. He may not be ready to go at the start of the season because of a torn ACL, but the Lions still think he can be a replacement for Nate Burleson as a slot receiver in the future.
Lewis, a fourth-round pick from Oklahoma where he was teammates with Broyles and the previously signed seventh rounder Travis Lewis. Lewis was a bit of a tweener to NFL scouts who weren’t sure if he profiled as a defensive end or outside linebacker at this level. He’s similar in size to Cliff Avril, though, so he should fit at defensive end for the Lions. His rookie year will likely feature more special teams work, though.
Greenwood became the first player from Albion College to get drafted since 1967 when the Lions made him the 148th overall selection. Greenwood is 6’2″ and ran a sub-4.4 40 to burst onto draft lists after playing at such a small school. If his physical skills translate to on-field production, the Lions secondary will get a big boost from Greenwood’s presence. Whitehead went 10 picks earlier than Greenwood in the fifth round. He was a pass rusher off the edge at Temple, a role he could fill again for the Lions as an outside linebacker.
With five players signed, the Lions are more than halfway through the draft class. They should get the rest of the group done before the minicamp comes to an end.