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Our Detroit Lions roster preview series has worked its way through the 2022 drafted rookies, and next, we’ll take a closer look at a few undrafted rookies, including TCU offensive tackle Obinna Eze.

Eze was one of the most coveted undrafted players in his draft class, and while we saw flashes of his upside during training camp, the majority of Eze’s rookie season was mostly spent behind closed doors.

Previous roster previews: Aidan Hutchinson, Jameson Williams, Josh Paschal, Kerby Joseph, James Mitchell, Malcolm Rodriguez, James Houston, and Chase Lucas

Obinna Eze
Expectations heading into 2022
Despite being a 37-game starter at TCU, Eze (6-foot-7, 321 pounds) was still relatively raw at football, but he possesses rare length (36 1/8-inch arm length and 7-foot-1 3/4-inch wingspan) and has a serious upside if he can complete his developmental arc.

“Overall, Eze is a massive obstacle to work around in pass-protection with rare length to end reps quickly once latched and deliver some knockback power in the run game, but he is a rigid mover without the necessary lateral quickness and body control to play on an island or sustain blocks consistently,” Bleacher Report’s Brandon Thorn (one of the most respected offensive line analysts in the business) said. “This makes him worth a flier in the undrafted market as a long-term, stash-and-develop option because of his size, strength and physicality.”

The Lions believed so highly in his potential that they gave him $170,000 in contractual guarantees to sign in Detroit, making him their highest-paid undrafted player in the 2022 cycle.

Once in training camp, Eze was working with the second and third teams at left and right tackle. At times, his length and strength showed up, but far too often, he was caught overthinking or oversetting plays, which led to missed assignments. Despite the inconsistency, Eze remained in the mix for the OT4 role all camp.

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