The Lions have signed five players they drafted and signed 12 undrafted rookie free agents, eight of whom play offense.
“Don’t the speed fool you,” Diggs said after Detroit drafted him in the sixth round. “Don’t let the height fool you. I’m a competitor.”
“We all just wanted to compete with each other,” Abdullah said. “It was inspirational when we saw someone else achieve something.”
Detroit compiled what appears to be another high-character class, and Mayhew explained why when he reviewed the draft Saturday.
The Lions met needs by drafting two offensive linemen, a running back and a fullback, two cornerbacks and a defensive lineman.
“Obviously we feel good about all these players,” Mayhew said. “But as we talked about before, these guys have to come in and perform now.”
The 6-foot-8, 344-pound Robinson started every game for the Gamecocks in 2014.
“A lot of teams were telling me they wanted to see me around like 245 to 250 range,” Burton said. “Right now I’m around 248, 250.”
The 6-foot-2 3/8, 240-pound Ryan moved to middle linebacker in Michigan’s 4-3 defense as a fifth-year senior last season.
Lippett played offense, defense and special teams in the Cotton Bowl last season to cap his college career.