And we are down to the rookies. After looking at the established NFL players on the Lions’ roster, we are now down to the three rookies: Tim Toone, Contrevious Parks, and Michael Moore. While the Lions only drafted one WR, they brought in two more as UDFA.
|16||Contrevious Parks||WR||5-10||190||R||Stephen F. Austin|
There is really, as you can see from his Detroit Lions bio (empty) almost no information out there on Parks. Pride of Detroit also attempted to do a scouting report, but also came up with very little. He is an unknown to us fans for the most part – although many UDFA are. Best guess is that he is competing for the return role and slot WR. This puts him competing to make the practice squad in my mind, as I see him having pretty much zero shot to make the 53 man roster unless he has an outstanding camp – assuming he makes it that far. There is obviously something Mayhew and his scouts see in the kid, so we will have to just wait and see if that shows up, or it was just another piece of Spaghetti thrown against the wall to see if it sticks.
Michael Moore is also in similar situation to Parks as far as the roster is concerned. I didn’t find much info on his return abilities, but he seems a practice squad candidate at best. He was one of Stafford’s targets at Georgia, so that can’t be underestimated as far as familiarity with Stafford. He saw a huge drop in his stat lines once Stafford left, so this is probably his best shot — including preseason, if he can get there, of making an NFL roster. Pride of Detroit did a nice work up on him as well.
|83||Tim Toone||WR||5-10||185||R||Weber State|
Just like with Zack Follett last season, this is the guy my gut says has a chance to really make a mark. He might start out on the practice squad, but I get the feeling that he will make the final 53 and take that last spot. He was a record setting WR in his two years at Weber State. Also, his two year charity stint shows his overall maturity level and responsible nature, despite his brash, outgoing personality. Toone strikes me as the kind of slightly off the wall guy that it takes to play the almost reckless position of returner at the NFL level. I can see him either beating out Williams et al for the return duties in camp. Barring that, I think he is a solid practice squad candidate at least. Although, should he be on the practice squad I could see another team poaching him IF he shows some potential return skills in the preseason.
IF Toone does make the roster and contribute, that would be two years in a row Mayhew has found value in the 7th. That speaks a lot to how the talent scouting process has changed, and improved, with the Lions.
Wrapping up this series, right now my pre-camp guess is the Lions keep 5 WR: C. Johnson, N. Burleson, B. Johnson, D. Williams, and T. Toone. There is still a lot of IFseason to go though, so that is not locked in stone.