Lions claim defensive end Braylon Broughton 1

10:30 AM 22 May 2013

TCU defensive end Braylon Broughton

TCU defensive end Braylon Broughton

The Detroit Lions added yet another player to their roster on Tuesday through waivers by claiming defensive end Braylon Broughton. Broughton was on the practice squad of the New Orleans Saints last season.

An undrafted free agent, the 6’6″ 272 pound defensive end was signed by the Saints prior to last season, then placed on the practice squad at the start of the regular season.

Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis announced Monday afternoon that the Saints had released him, and the Lions placed a claim on him.

His size fits the mold of what the Lions are looking for in a defensive end, and he can contribute on special teams. At Texas Christian University, Broughton totaled 45 tackles (32 solo), 9.5 stops for a loss, three sacks, three passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and one blocked kick, and was a three year letterman.

While the depth at defensive end was a big question mark before free agency began with the losses of Cliff Avril, Kyle Vanden Bosch, and Lawerence Jackson. The Lions added Jason Jones in free agency and drafted Ezekiel Ansah at #5 overall in the draft, replacing both starters that were lost. 2010 seventh round draft pick Willie Young and 2012 fourth round draft pick Ronnell Lewis return to the Lions this season, and both are expected to be in the mix for depth in a heavy rotation. Devin Taylor and Freddie Bishop were also added this season, both rookies.

Broughton could contribute on special teams, but needs to work on a few things. He plays a bit upright, which means he would lose the leverage battle against a solid offensive tackle or guard, and this is most evident when he is rushing the passer. He can be slow to get out of his stance, not explosive, and needs work on his initial punch. The physically talented end is solid against the run game though, and can move laterally well, shedding blocks to make the play.

If he doesn’t make it on special teams, he would once again land on the practice squad, this time with the Lions.

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