While no Lions were taken during the National Football League's annual Amateur Draft this weekend, so far one Texas A&M University-Commerce senior will get his shot at the big time.
Michael Onuoha, a 6'5", 255-pound defensive lineman from Edmond, Okla., was signed by the NFL's Baltimore Ravens Saturday after the conclusion of the draft. This continues a tradition of Lions getting a chance in the league, after four players received invitations to training camps of various teams last season. Former quarterback Luis Perez and lineman Jared Machorro both ended up getting professional playing time in the Alliance of American Football, a spring football league that began this February but folded before the season finished.
Onuoha had 47 total tackles last season, with 14.5 for a loss. He also racked up 6.5 sacks — which was good enough for second in the Lone Star Conference — forced a fumble and intercepted a pass. He finished his Lion career with 14 career sacks and 32 tackles for a loss in three seasons.
In 2018 he was a second-team All-Super Region 4 selection by the Division 2 Conference Commissioners Association and a first-team All-LSC pick.
Onuoha announced the signing on Twitter. "#NeverGiveUp I’m a Raven Baby! Thank you for all of the support," his tweet read.
The Ravens are coming off of a 10-6 season where they won the AFC North Division Championship. As a team, Baltimore was 11th in the league in sacks with 43 total.