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Deonte Gibson agrees to deal with Detroit Lions as undrafted free agent

The defensive end will likely transition to outside linebacker in the pros.

Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports

Former Northwestern defensive end Deonte Gibson has agreed to sign with the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent, Gibson confirmed to Inside NU Saturday.

Gibson had a standout senior season, registering a team-leading 9 sacks. With the emergence of Dean Lowry on the other side, Gibson often got — and won — single teams. When he was doubled, Lowry was often wreaking havoc. As a senior, he nearly equaled his tackle total from his first three years, and he held up very well against the run.

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Gibson, though, weighed in at 261 pounds at his Pro Day, meaning he is likely destined to be an outside linebacker in the NFL. He ran an impressive 4.68 40-yard dash, so he has the straight-line speed to make the transition. The questions will be how quickly he can pick up the nuances of the position — coverage and coverage packages — and if he can overcome a relative lack of height. He measured at just 6-foot-1 at Northwestern's Pro Day.

Gibson evolved into a team leader both on and off the field his senior year and put up impressive numbers. He'll now hope to make a seamless transition to linebacker and earn a spot with the Lions.

For more on Gibson, here's our scouting report on him, and here are highlights from his absolutely dominant day against Wisconsin.