5 Undrafted Detroit Lions Players Who Could Prove to Be Gems

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5 Undrafted Detroit Lions Players Who Could Prove to Be Gems
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LaAdrian Waddle (65) is one UFA to watch this offseason.

The Detroit Lions signed 11 undrafted free agents following this year's NFL draft, and hopes are high that among that group are a handful of players that can make an impact, now or later.

Expecting any of them to become big-time contributors in 2013 is unrealistic though. Just look at last season. Of the 13 UFAs the Lions signed, three went to the practice squad and only one made the active roster.

That was Kellen Moore, who impacted the Lions as much as I did.

Finding a player that can develop into a solid pro in the next year or two is the goal. Ricardo Silva is a perfect example. He was an undrafted free agent in 2011 and he started six games last season and looks to be a valuable backup this year as well.

There are players from this year's group of UFAs that could turn out to be gems as well.

Here are the five most likely candidates.

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