May 21, 2012; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions tackle Riley Reiff (71) during organized team activities at Detroit Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

2012 NFL Draft: Detroit Lions Sign Riley Reiff

The Detroit Lions have signed first-round pick Riley Reiff to a deal just as rookies get set to report for training camp.

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Riley Reiff Signs Deal With Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions will have all of their rookies report to training camp on time. There was some uncertainty surrounding if this would actually happen with first-round pick Riley Reiff still without a contract over the weekend, but he signed with the Lions early on Monday morning. He was the final draft pick in need of a deal for the Lions' 2012 class, and now he has one.

Reiff, along with the Lions' other rookies (and injured players), is scheduled to report to Allen Park for training camp on Monday. Veterans will be in town to officially report on Thursday, and the first practice is expected to take place on Friday.

Reiff's deal is for four years with a team option for a fifth year. Contract numbers beyond that are currently unavailable.

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2012 NFL Draft: Lions Sign Dwight "Bill" Bentley, According To Report

On Friday afternoon, the Detroit Lions and third-round draft choice Dwight Bentley agreed to terms on a four-year deal, according to Tim Twentyman.

Bentley, who goes by the name "Bill," was selected with the 85th overall selection by the Lions in the 2012 draft. An under-sized cornerback, Bentley stands at 5-10 and 182 pounds. The Lions are hopeful that Bentley is capable of playing above and beyond his little frame.

According to a report, Lions head coach Jim Schwartz has stated that Bentley has been putting on weight in the offseason and the team hopes he can put on some more muscle prior to the start of the 2012 season.

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Lions Draft Pick Travis Lewis Agrees To Deal

On Wednesday afternoon, reports started to surface that the Detroit Lions had come to terms with seventh-round draft pick Travis Lewis. Per Adam Caplan, the deal is for four years.

Shortly after reporting on the length of the deal, Caplan tweeted out the specifics of the contract structure, noting that the deal was worth $2.16 million with an inclining pay scale.

On the heels of Caplan's report, Dave Birkett tweeted that Lewis had told him that he will officially be signing his contract on Thursday.

Lewis is the first member of the Lions' 2012 draft class to come to terms on a deal.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Michigan State's Edwin Baker Goes To Chargers In Seventh

The Michigan State Spartans just sent yet another player to the NFL, with the San Diego Chargers making running back Edwin Baker the No. 250 overall pick - in the seventh round. That was just three picks away from the end of the draft. Either way, Baker was the seventh player from Michigan State to be drafted, their highest total since 2000.

Baker rushed for 665 yards off of 170 carries and had five touchdowns in 2011. He had 31 yards against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship game, with a touchdown. It was actually a down year for Baker, who had 13 touchdowns the previous season, so his draft stuck fell rather abruptly. But the Chargers apparently thought he had enough upside to draft.

He'll be competing for time behind Ryan Matthews, the starter in San Diego. Baker's teammates that were drafted include Jerel Worthy in round two, Keshawn Martin and Kirk Cousins in round four, and Trent Robinson and B.J. Cunningham in round six.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Michigan's Junior Hemingway Goes To Chiefs In Seventh Round

The Michigan Wolverines are finally getting some players of their's picked in the 2012 NFL Draft, though it's coming in the seventh round. Wide receiver Junior Hemingway has just been selected by the Kansas City Chiefs - at No. 238 overall, the second-to-last pick in the seventh round outside of the compensatory selections. He joins David Molk (who was drafted at No. 226 overall - the seventh round) and Mike Martin (who was drafted at No. 82 overall, in the third round) to make three Michigan players drafted thus far.

Hemingway will be the final pick for the Chiefs, who also drafted a wide receiver much earlier in the draft when they took Devon Wylie out of Fresno State in the fourth round. Hemingway started 31 games at wide receiver for the Wolverines, and has 1,638 career receiving yards, good for 17th in school history, with six 100-yard games to his credit. He was also the Sugar Bowl MVP in 2011.

He'll join a Chiefs team that has invested in the wide receiver position recently - with money going to Dwayne Bowe and Steve Breaston, along with the 2011 draftee, Jonathan Baldwin. Still, there's room there to compete, but he'll likely need to contribute on special teams.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Michigan's David Molk Goes To Chargers In Seventh Round

The Michigan Wolverines have seen just two of their players drafted as we near the end of the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft. The most recent draftee, David Molk, went at pick No. 226 to the San Diego Chargers, with the No. 19 pick in the seventh round. Molk was projected to go much higher than this by most draft experts, and was considered one of the better center prospects coming out. It appears that some of the biggest knocks on him as a player may have been more significant than previously thought.

Most notably, Molk is regarded as someone who is a bit small and plays a bit small on top of that. At any rate, he's heading to the Chargers where he'll get his chance, and will be able to play alongside Stephen Schilling, a former guard at Michigan who was drafted by San Diego in round six in 2011.

Molk joins Mike Martin as the only two Michigan players drafted thus far, with notable names like Junior Hemingway and Kevin Koger still on the board. He's also the second interior lineman drafted by San Diego thus far, as the Chargers added Johnnie Troutman out of Penn State in round five.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Detroit Lions Select LB Travis Lewis In Seventh Round

With the No. 223 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions have selected outside linebacker Travis Lewis out of Oklahoma. Lewis is the Lions' final pick for the day, barring any trade activity, and he's the third linebacker selected by Detroit over its eight picks. In fact, he's the second one from Oklahoma, with Ronnell Lewis coming much earlier at pick No. 125 in the fourth round. The other linebacker is Tahir Whitehead, an outside linebacker from Temple, selected in the fifth round at pick No. 138.

Lewis will obviously have an uphill battle, and will likely need to contribute on special teams right away, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have what it takes to start. In fact, the National Football Post had this to say about him in their official scouting report:

Impression: He's a bit undersized and doesn't tackle as well as you would like inside the box. However, he's a good run and hit backer who plays the run well and will be able to make plays vs. the pass game in the NFL. Looks like a day one starter to me as a 43 backer, either on the weak side or possibly in the middle.

Not many seventh-round draft picks have "looks like a day one starter" in their scouting reports, regardless of who's doing the scouting, so there could be some solid value here for Detroit.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Detroit Lions Select Jonte Green In The Sixth Round

With the 196th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions have selected New Mexico State defensive back Jonte Green. At 6-feet and 184 pounds, Green primarily played cornerback for the Aggies last season, intercepting two passes and recording 70 total tackles, as well. This is about where most scouts had him going.

Green's speed could prove to be an asset for Detroit's secondary. At New Mexico's Pro Day in mid-March, the Saint Petersburg, Fla., native ran a 4.41 in the 40-yard dash. His size, though, could be an issue. He has a smaller frame is probably closer to 5-foot-11 than 6-feet. But he has also been improving, consistently. His two interceptions from last season came in the final two games and he played some of his best football during the latter portion of the year.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Michigan State's B.J. Cunningham Goes To Miami Dolphins In Sixth Round

Shortly after teammate Trenton Robinson went to the San Francisco 49ers, Michigan State Spartans wide receiver B.J. Cunningham was taken by the Miami Dolphins at pick No. 183 in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Cunningham was voted most valuable player by his teammates at MSU, and was a second-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and the media. He tied a Spartan single-season record with 79 receptions in 2011 and was tied for first in the Big Ten with 12 touchdown receptions.

Cunningham joins the Dolphins as their fifth offensive player drafted in seven picks thus far. He'll be catching passes from first-round draftee Ryan Tannehill, if he is indeed the starter, and sharing the field with Michael Egnew, a tight end from Missouri who was drafted in round three. On top of that, the Dolphins also took running back Lamar Miller in round four and offensive tackle Jonathan Martin in round two.

The Dolphins were hurting for receivers after Brandon Marshall joined up with the Chicago Bears. With guys like Davone Bess and Brian Hartline starting, Cunningham will have a solid opportunity to earn some playing time.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Michigan State's Trenton Robinson Goes To 49ers In Sixth Round

Another player from the Michigan State Spartans is off the board, as safety Trenton Robinson is on his way to the San Francisco 49ers at the No. 180 pick in the fifth round. Robinson was a key playmaker for the Spartans, but was slightly overshadowed by guys like Jerel Worthy and William Gholston. With the Spartans, he had 229 tackles, nine interceptions and 12 pass break-ups in 46 career games, which included 32 starts at safety.

Robinson goes to a team that is in need of safety help. The 49ers are actually set when it comes to their two starters for 2012 - with Dashon Goldson and Donte Whitner, but don't have an actual backup on the roster. C.J. Spillman sees the field in goal line situations, but he isn't a a true backup, as Reggie Smith departed in free agency. Colin Jones, the other safety listed on the roster, saw only one snap that wasn't special teams in 2011 - on offense as a wide receiver.

Robinson may be in the 49ers' plans for the future, given that Goldson is playing the 2012 season on a franchise tag, and was re-signed at the last minute in 2011 on a one-year deal when a potential contract with the New England Patriots fell through.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Lions Grab Chris Greenwood In The Fifth Round

With the 148th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions have selected Chris Greenwood -- a 6-foot-1 cornerback from Albion College in Albion, Mich., a Divison III school. It's a bit of a homecoming for Greenwood, who played high school football at Detroit King and college ball briefly at Eastern Michigan.

He was projected as a fourth or fifth round pick, but slipped, slightly, to the Lions, who took him with the 13th pick in the fifth round. Greenwood's stock had risen in the weeks leading up to the weekend's draft, especially after running a 4.42 in the 40-yard-dash during Michigan's Pro Day. He had also impressed scouts during the East-West Shrine Game.

That speed should help him make some sort of an impact for the Lions -- either as another corner or on special teams.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Tahir Whitehead Goes To The Lions In The Fifth Round

With the 138th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions have selected Temple outside linebacker Tahir Whitehead. Whitehead was taken a bit earlier than many initially projected -- he was often pegged as a late fifth or early sixth rounder.

At 6-foot-1, 233 pounds, Whitehead was regarded by scouts as a hard-working player, but with limited upside. He doesn't possess great speed or strength, but could nonetheless make an impact on the next level on special teams, and with time, could also become serviceable on defense. At Temple, he, at times, struggled in pass defense, though often faring well against the run.

The pick -- the third in the fifth round -- came through a trade with the Minnesota Vikings.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Ronnell Lewis Goes To Detroit Lions In Fourth Round

With the 125th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions chose linebacker and defensive end Ronnell Lewis out of Oklahoma. These NFL Draft 2012 results go against projections for Lewis, who was expected to go as high as the second round.

Although many have projected Lewis to be a linebacker in the NFL, the Lions view Lewis as a defensive end. Either way, a pass rusher is a pass rusher and it won't matter where he lines up as long as he can get after opposing quarterbacks, which he did admirably well as an All-Conference player for the Sooners.

Lewis joins Kyle Vanden Bosch, Cliff Avril, Lawrence Jackson, Willie Young, Everette Brown and Ugo Chinasa as the Lions' current defensive ends.

The Lions originally had the 117th pick in the fourth round, but executed a trade with the San Francisco 49ers to move back eight spots while also picking up a sixth round pick, which they had forfeited due to the tampering charges against them.

The Lions next selection will be the 158th overall pick.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Michigan State's Keshawn Martin Goes To Houston Texans In Fourth Round

With the 121st draft in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans selected wide receiver Keshawn Martin out of Michigan State. Martin is the second wide receiver the Texans have added in the draft despite already having Andre Johnson, Kevin Walter, Jacoby Jones and Juaquin Iglesias under contract. On Friday in the third round, the Texans added DeVier Posey from Ohio State.

Martin is an All-Conference slot receiver who can be an effective return specialist, as well. He's a solid possession receiver, who knows how to get open, but he will struggle down field and in battles for the ball, as he's not the biggest receiver.

NFL Network's Mike Mayock likes the pick for the Texans, though, and Martin falls in the round he was projected to go.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Detroit Lions Trade Fourth Round Picks With San Francisco 49ers, Pick Up Sixth Rounder

The Detroit Lions have traded their first pick in the fourth round (117th overall) to the San Francisco 49ers. In exchange for the pick, the Lions acquired the 49ers' fourth round pick (125th overall) and their sixth round pick (196th overall).

The Lions must feel strongly that whomever they want in the fourth will still be around at No. 125. In swapping fourth round picks with the 49ers, allowing the Niners to move up to shore up their selection (Guard Joe Looney out of Wake Forest), the Lions gain a sixth round pick, which was originally forfeited due to their tampering charge. So the Lions could still very well get their guy in the fourth and then they gain a pick they did not have before.

This really can't be viewed as anything but a strong move by GM Martin Mayhew.

The Lions remaining picks today are 125, 158, 196, 219 and 230.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Michigan State's Kirk Cousins Goes To Washington Redskins In Fourth Round

With the 102nd overall pick, the Washington Redskins selected quarterback Kirk Cousins out of Michigan State. The Redskins picked Robert Griffin III with the No. 2 overall pick, so this is a peculiar pick for the Redskins, who just re-signed Rex Grossman to a one-year deal in March.

Cousins was rated the fifth best quarterback in the draft and ultimately went right around where he was projected to go, although no one anticipated the Redskins to be his destination after they went with RGIII in the first round.

Cousins, a three-year starter for the Spartans, was given a draft grade of 73 and has all the intangibles necessary to be an NFL quarterback. The concern with Cousins is that he is not extremely talented and will likely need to be in the perfect fit for him to be successful at the next level.

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2012 NFL Draft: Michigan DT Mike Martin Drafted By Titans In Third Round

Former Michigan defensive tackle Mike Martin was selected by the Tennessee Titans in the NFL draft on Friday night. The Titans used their third-round pick (82nd pick overall) to select the former Wolverine.

Martin, a 6-1, 306 pound DT from Redford, MI was expected to go in the third or fourth round and should have a chance to make an immediate impact on the Tennessee defensive line that is looking to add depth. He will also make the line more versatile as he'll has a chance to join the playing rotation with Jurrell Casey and Karl Klug which may allow Klug to move to defensive end.

Martin was a four-year letterman at Michigan and was named to the All-Big Ten second team as a captain in his senior year.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Dwight Bentley Selected By Lions With No. 85 Overall Pick In Third Round

With the No. 85 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions have selected Dwight Bentley, cornerback from the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns. These NFL Draft 2012 results confirm the projection for Bentley, whom many scouts and evaluators feel was a second or third round selection.

Bentley was a four-year starter at ULL and really caught the eye of NFL scouts his senior year in 2011. He put together a spectacular season, recording 71 tackles, 5 tackles for a loss and 3 interceptions. Bentley also displays the athleticism at the cornerback position the NFL looks for, but is a little light at only about 185 pounds. He also displays return ability with the football in his hands, returning two of his interceptions for touchdowns.

The Lions' next pick is the No. 117 pick in the fourth round. Many expected the Lions to select a cornerback at some point in the draft. The Lions were ranked No. 22 in the NFL in pass defense last year and needed to boost the secondary to match the strong defensive line. The hope is that Bentley will be able to do that.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Ryan Broyles Goes To Lions With No. 54 Overall Pick In Second Round

With the 54th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions have selected Ryan Broyles, a wide receiver from the Oklahoma Sooners. These NFL Draft 2012 results go against the projection for Broyles, who was seen as a likely third or fourth round pick, mainly because of a torn ACL he suffered in November.

Broyles has battled his way back from injury and showed scouts that he was fully healthy at a Pro Day in April. At 5-10 and 198 pounds, he also has had to deal with questions about his size. But there's no question about his ability to catch the ball. Broyles is the NCAA's all-time leader in receptions, compiling 349 in his career.

The Lions' next pick is the No. 85 overall pick in the third round. Picking a wide receiver became a running joke when Matt Millen was in charge of the team in the last decade, but with one of the best offenses in the league last season, many thought the Lions would try to upgrade the defense with their early picks. Now Matthew Stafford will have another weapon at his disposal on offense.

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2012 NFL Draft: Michigan State DT Jerel Worthy Drafted By Packers In Second Round

Jerel Worthy didn't have a very happy birthday when he wasn't selected in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft on Thursday.

He had to wait, but Worthy was rewarded by heading to a successful team when the Green Bay Packers traded up to draft him with the No. 51 overall pick in the second round.

The 6-2, 305-pound Worthy was a first-team All-Big Ten and a first-team All-American following his junior campaign. He finished the season with 10.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. Worthy showed a great jump on the ball, although he frequently was caught offsides. He's a physical specimen with a lot of upside. His drive has been questioned, but being selected in the second round surely will motivate him, as he expressed on Twitter.

ESPN NFL Draft analyst Bill Polian said Worthy would have been better off staying in school, but with his parents dealing with health issues, it was understandable why Worthy wanted to go pro as soon as he could.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Riley Reiff Goes To Detroit Lions With No. 23 Overall Pick

With the 23rd pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions have selected Riley Reiff, an offensive tackle from Iowa. These 2012 NFL Draft results have Reiff landing exactly where the final SB Nation mock draft had him. Reiff was regarded as the second-rated offensive line prospect behind Matt Kalil, who went No. 4 overall to the Minnesota Vikings.

Reiff was an early entrant to the draft after his junior year at Iowa, during which he garnered All-American and All-Big Ten honors. He started 37 of 39 career games, and is the latest in a string of recent Iowa offensive linemen taken in the first round of the NFL draft. At 6'6" and close to 315 pounds, he projects as an NFL left tackle.

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