Lions fifth-round pick seen as a project at linebacker
ALLEN PARK — In the fifth round, the Lions drafted OLB Doug Hogue out of Syracuse. He’s a project who made the transformation from running back at Syracuse where he played strong side linebacker in his junior year and weakside his senior year.
“(He’s got) inexperience at the position, but he’s got a lot of potential and he’s shown a lot of things when he’s played linebacker at Syracuse. A little bit of a work in progress, but we think a guy we can work with that fits exactly what we’re looking for in a linebacker and has a chance to really develop for us,’’ Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. “(He) can be a special teams player and has a possibility to develop into a linebacker role also.’’
The 6-foot-3, 235-pound linebacker sees his speed as his strength. In a conference call he said he was unsure where he would be drafted and was just happy to be drafted at all.
Unless there’s a trade, the Lions have one more pick today. That’s in the seventh round (209 overall).
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