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Discussion of the Detroit Lions NFL class project in the first year of GM Brad Holmes recovery and what it all means for the future, Monday, May 3, 2021

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Detroit Free Press

The Detroit The Lions signed 13 free agents on Monday:

Jonathan Adams, WR, Arkansas: Adams is a big target at 6-2 and 210 pounds with the opportunity to win balls to jump down. The ruling offensive player of the year at the Sun Belt Conference, he received 1,111 yards in 2020. He announced his signing on Twitter.

D’Angelo Amos, S, Virginia: Amos played the 2020 season in Virginia after completing a transfer from James Madison. He made five starts in the background, but gathered interest as a prospect as a man to return. In James Madison, he returned five touchdowns. The University of Virginia has announced the signing of Amos.

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Tavante Beckett, LB, Marshall: Transferring to Virginia, Beckett played his last two college seasons at Marshall, where he made 212 battles and had 4½ sacks. A little 5 feet 10 and 214 pounds, he can move to a safe place in the NFL.

Rakeem Boyd, RB, Arkansas: After a breakthrough season in 2019 in which he averaged 6.2 yards of carryover, Boyd missed time last season due to injury and COVID-19 protocols. For the first time, he won fame in junior colleges in the Netflix series “Last Chance U”.

Jake Houseman, TE, Ohio, USA: Hausman is one of the two blocking narrow ends that the Lions signed after the project. He caught three passes for 26 yards in his career in Ohio and saw time to play in special teams.

Drake Jackson, C, Kentucky: A four-year center-back, Jackson was the first All-SEC team in 2020. He plays alongside the Lions’ fourth round, Logan Stenberg, in 2019.

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Jerry Jacobs, CB, Arkansas: Jacobs gave up last season after suffering an injury against Auburn. He moved from Arkansas, where he had four interceptions in two seasons.

Tommy Kramer, Ohio, Notre Dame: A four-year-old Irish starter, Cramer won All-America awards for the third team in 2020. He allowed a quarterback in 2019 before suffering a knee injury against Michigan that ended the season.

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Javon McKinley, WR, Notre Dame: Another big goal, McKinley led Notre Dame with 717 yards from 42 catches last season. He received a $ 15,000 signing bonus and a $ 85,000 basic salary guarantee, according to NFL reporter Aaron Wilson.

Dedrick Mills, RB, Nebraska: As a transfer to Georgia, Mills played two seasons in Nebraska after a stay at junior college. Last season he was 396 yards away in six games when he missed time with injuries.

AJ Parker, CB, Kansas, state: He made 33 career starts for the Wildcats, where he saw time in the slot and off the corner. There were six interceptions in his career, including a 37-yard, returned for touch last year.

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Sage Surratt, WR, Wake Forest: Surratt surpassed 1,000 yards, receiving a sophomore in 2019 before giving up the 2020 season. His older brother, Chaz, was selected for the third round of the Vikings in Minnesota.

Brock Wright, TE, Notre Dame: A former top recruit, Wright was used extensively in a blocking role in Notre Dame, where he caught seven passes for 78 yards in his four-year career.

Contact Dave Birkett at dbirkett@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.