Lions get defensive on Day 3 of NFL Draft

Caraun Reid was a consensus first-team All-American last season at the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level.

ALLEN PARK, Mich. — An oversized baby and undersized mother. Not a good combination.

Caraun Reid, a 6-foot-2, 302-pound defensive tackle who was taken in the fifth round Saturday by the Detroit Lions, is actually named after the doctor who delivered him.

"It’s definitely different," Reid said of his first name. "It came from my doctor. He did a pretty good job delivering me. I was a pretty big baby and my mom’s not a big woman.

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"His last name was Carauno, so they just chopping off the ‘o.’ I was around 11 pounds. My mom was like 130. I made it tough for her."

Reid, a consensus first-team All-American last season at the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level, was the third of three consecutive defensive players drafted Saturday by the Lions.

His father, Courton, is a Bishop and his mother, Claudette, a minister. It’s a family filled with multi-dimensional talents, including singing and playing the piano and guitar for the Lions’ new so-called "gentle giant."

Reid is only the second player from Princeton to get drafted over the last 13 years. He had 20 1/2 sacks and 41 tackles for loss during in four-plus seasons.

"Give him some time and he could become an impact player," analyst Mike Mayock said during the NFL Network’s telecast.

After missing all but one game in 2010 because of a torn pectoral, Reid came back and showed durability the rest of his career. He has a knack for blocking kicks, too, getting a total of seven, including three as a junior.

Reid, who grew up in the Bronx, N.Y., also put his singing ability on display during this talent-show appearance.

He insisted he’s pushing all his other interests and skills aside for now.

"Just football," Reid said. "I don’t care about anything else right now."

As for the difficulty of earning that Ivy League degree, he with a laugh, "It’s one of those things you’re glad to be done with."


TJ Jones, a 5-11 receiver selected in the sixth round, majored in film, television and theatre at Notre Dame.

"My interest in that was to initially work with Shamu at SeaWorld, to have the ability to be creative with your words and your personality," Jones explained. "It’s a weird love I’ve had since I was a kid. My parents took us when I was probably in middle school to SeaWorld.

"From then on out, I just had a weird love for the ocean and aquatic animals, the unknown. It’s weird."

Jones added, "I also want to look to get into some small-time acting. I’m not looking to be a Denzel (Washington) or anything, but just to have fun, dabble in a little bit of everything."

Jones’ late father, Andre Jones, played for the Lions; his godfather is former Fighting Irish star receiver Rocket Ismail; and his uncle, Phillip Daniels, also played in the NFL.

"Football is really in my blood," Jones said.

Asked what it will mean to become teammates with Calvin Johnson, Jones replied, "I don’t know if words will do it justice. He’s one of the best in the game, really, forever. To be able to learn from him, to watch him go about his work days and use his knowledge, is un-paralleled to anything I could imagine."


During the final four rounds on the final day of the NFL Draft, the Lions took a cornerback, defensive end, defensive tackle, receiver and kicker.

They had traded away their first pick in the fourth round (No. 111 overall) a day earlier in a deal with Seattle to move up and get linebacker Kyle Van Noy in the second round.

A run on defensive backs — nine cornerbacks and three safeties — in the first 32 picks of the fourth round greatly depleted the pool.

The Lions, still needing help for their secondary, ended up taking Utah State’s Nevin Lawson, a 5-foot-10, 186-pound cornerback, with pick No. 133.

Lawson started 40 games during his four-year career. He had four interceptions last season.

In 2008, his senior year of high school, Lawson was charged with three counts of burglary of a residence, one count grand theft and one count criminal mischief.

"It was a bad situation," he said. "I made a wrong decision. End of the day, that’s in the past. I’m looking forward for the future."

The Lions were up again three picks later with the second of the compensatory picks awarded to them because of free-agent losses last year.

This time, Detroit drafted Larry Webster, a 6-7, 250-pound defensive end from Bloomsburg University, a Division II school in Pennsylvania.

Webster, who started his college career as a basketball player, had 26 sacks and 31 tackles for loss in 24 games in just two seasons of football.

He recorded the second-fastest 40-yard dash time (4.58) among defensive ends at the NFL Combine in February, behind only No. 1 pick overall Jadeveon Clowney.

"I actually was with the Buccaneers when his dad (Larry Webster Jr., who played 11 seasons in the NFL) was with the Dolphins," Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said. "We used to scrimmage the Dolphins during two-a-days so I played against his dad."

The Lions then added an extra pick, No. 229 overall in the seventh round, by flip-flopping fifth-round selections with Dallas and moving down from No. 146 to 158.

That’s where they ended up taking Reid before adding Jones and Boston College kicker Nate Freese with their final two picks.

Freese made 86.4 percent of his field-goal attempts in his career, including 20-for-20 last year, with a long of 52 yards. He will compete for the job to replace David Akers, who wasn’t re-signed.


Among the undrafted players who reportedly agreed to free-agent deals and/or tryouts with the Lions are: Missouri quarterback James Franklin, Oklahoma safety Gabe Lynn, William and Mary safety Jerome Couplin, Dartmouth safety Garrett Waggoner, Nebraska cornerback Mohammed Seisay, Kansas State offensive tackle Cornelius Lucas, Old Dominion offensive lineman D.J. Morrell, Appalachian State receiver Andrew Peacock and Lafayette tight end Jacob Maxwell.

Offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle and tight end Joseph Fauria were undrafted free agents a year ago who went on to make significant contributions as rookies.

Click here to listen to Nevin Lawson’s telephone interview with the Detroit media.

Click here to listen to Larry Webster’s telephone interview with the Detroit media.

Click here to listen to Caraun Reid’s telephone interview with the Detroit media.

Click here to listen to TJ Jones’s telephone interview with the Detroit media.