The NFL’s first ever veteran’s combine was a success! I do not honestly believe that as I think it ended the careers of more players than it helped. Either way, I say that because the belief was that once a team signed a player from the veterans combine, the NFL would deem it a success. Thursday night, the Detroit Lions signed linebacker Brandon Copeland. Copeland was an undrafted free agent out of Penn. According to reports, he ran a 4.52 forty yard dash at the veterans combine. To give that some clarity, former Chicago running back Michael Bush ran in the 4.9 range. Copeland played a short stint in Baltimore when Jim Caldwell and Teryl Austin were there so he has familiarity with both coaches.
Copeland will get a shot to compete for a special teams spot initially, and could see rotational time on defense should the Lion see injuries pile up on them as it did in the secondary last season. Given his speed and Austin’s knack for getting the most out of his players, this seems like a no loss signing.