Zack Follet Is a Perfect Fit for the Detroit Lions

David McClureCorrespondent IJuly 22, 2009

PASADENA, CA - OCTOBER 20:  Zack Follett #56 of the California Golden Bears looks on in the second half against the UCLA Bruins at the Pasadena Rose Bowl October 20, 2007 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

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Zack Follett, perhaps the most celebrated seventh-round pick in Lions history, has inked a three-year deal. Typically seventh round prospects are hoping to make the roster or the practice squad, but not Follett.

Zack has quickly become a fan favorite after putting the rest of the league on notice after the draft. After being over-looked until the seventh round Follett had this to say:

"They're gonna pay for it," says Follett. "I'm gonna go out there and hit their players and take them out of the game."

His attitude and effort are his biggest assets. Watching tape of Follett shows his ability to get into the backfield. That's what makes him a perfect pick here I Detroit.

Coach Jim Schwartz is looking for players with attitude, talent, and effort. Follett displays all three. He also shows outstanding ability to get into the backfield. Playing in Gunther Cunningham's blitz happy scheme will make Follett even more valuable.

With Julian Petersen and Ernie Sims starting Zack will be relegated to back up duty along with Jordon Dizon and DeAndre Levy. The word coming out of camp is that all three are solid prospects.

Follett will need to bulk up through his rookie year into he sophomore season. He now has three years to add 10 or more pounds of muscle. If he can do that and play with the same explosiveness and effort then he will be a mainstay on the Lions defense for many years to come.

There is always a lot of hype surrounding Detroit's draft picks, but Zach Follett is considered by many NFL experts, myself included, to be the best pick of the seventh round. Some went as far as to say the best seventh round pick ever. I won't go that far.

If you want to get a little excited about the young guys the Lions added this season, start right here:

Zack Follett on YouTube!

An analysis of game footage shows Follett to be a highly capable pass rusher and overall disruptive force. A big hitter that shows good body control for playing at such a fast pace. He is relentless at times and has solid instincts. His leverage is good and he often comes in low and hard. He plays inside out and shows excellent pursuit and closing speed.

Zack can be caught out of position at times due to his aggressiveness but it is not a factor on blitzing packages. He is also considered undersized for a strong side linebacker by between five and ten pounds. His last known weight was 236 pounds.

Expect Zack to be a force on special teams with spells relieving Petersen. He will be worked in during preseason a lot and see action in blow out games, in my opinion.