According to The Detroit News, the Detroit Lions will sign former San Diego State offensive lineman Bryce Quigley after he worked out for the team on Thursday. In fact, Quigley's agent Rocky Arceneaux told the Detroit News that the Lions would sign Quigley later today. Quigley went undrafted at this year's NFL Draft.
Apparently Quigley impressed the Lions so much that they are actually going to release a player from their current 90-man roster in order to open a spot for the former Aztec.
John Katzenstein of the Detroit News wrote today that Quigley will likely compete with Michael Williams (a 2013 draft pick from Alabama who is converting from tight end) and Cornelius Lucas (an undrafted free agent from Kansas State) for a spot on the final 53-man roster.
Quigley wasn't invited to this years NFL Draft Combine, but he measured 6-feet-four and 324 pounds and recorded 19 225-pound bench reps, according to CBSSports.com. CBSSports.com ranked Quigley the 21st best offensive tackle and the 272nd best overall player in this year's draft class.
CBSSports.com reported that Quigley's strengths were his quick feet, his athletic ability, his experience as a three-year starter, his ability to reach the second level of a defense and block linebackers, his pass blocking potential and his ability to keep defenders in front of him. The site reported that his weaknesses were his upper body strength (which factors into his ability to be a run blocker), the fact that he could currently only be a guard and his lack of strength off the snap.
Quigley began his SDSU career as a tight end but started at offensive tackle his last two years. Quigley co-captained the team with fellow seniors Colin Lockett and Nat Berhe this season and was a big part of the Aztecs' offense for the last two seasons.
Katzenstein also reported that Quigley had already visited the New York Giants and had visits scheduled with other NFL teams.