Detroit Lions sign second-round pick DT Levi Onwuzurike to 4-year deal

Detroit Free Press

Before they break for summer, the Detroit Lions finished one final piece of contractual business.

The Lions signed second-round pick Levi Onwuzurike to a slotted four-year rookie contract, the team announced Thursday.

As the 41st pick of the draft, Onwuzurike’s contract has a total value of $8.1 million, including a $3.3 million signing bonus, according to Spotrac.

The Lions considered trading up into the back of the first round to draft Onwuzurike, general manager Brad Holmes said on draft day, but ultimately stayed put and landed the Washington product with the ninth pick of the second round.

Onwuzurike, who opted out of the 2020 season, is expected to play defensive end in base packages and slide inside on pass-rushing downs this fall. Defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn said Onwuzurike is the type of “ass kicker” the Lions want on defense.

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“He’s a scheme fit. He’s very explosive, very talented. He’s one that I identified early on in the process. I’ll say back from 2019, when he was still playing, and even when he had his opt-out still just kind of just refreshing on his film again last year,” Holmes said. “He’s stout at the point of attack and he’s got he ability to rush inside so we’re really, really fired up about him.”

The Lions, who hosted their final voluntary workout of the offseason Thursday, have signed four of their seven draft picks: Onwuzurike, first-rounder Penei Sewell, third-rounder Alim McNeill and seventh-rounder Jermar Jefferson.

Third-round pick Ifeatu Melifonwu and fourth-rounders Amon-Ra St. Brown and Derrick Barnes remain unsigned.

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