DETROIT - Two more graduating Michigan State players were able to catch on with NFL teams yesterday when long snapper Brian Bury, who had an outside chance of being drafted and receiver Kerry Reed both inked deals with NFL squads.
Bury will try his hand at making the roster as a long snapper and special teams player with the Detroit Lions while Reed, a big receiver with some explosive tendencies caught on with the Denver Broncos.
Reed caught 64 balls for 775 yards and five touchdowns but with a crowded, deep and talented group of receivers in this year's draft, he was caught in a numbers game and went undrafted. When the Ravens called, he was ready to go.
For Bury, long snapping is an art that has gotten many less talented players a shot at the big time. While it seems easy, not too many big men are able to perform the duty on a consistent basis. That's what got Bury interest from several teams and nearly got his name called in the seventh round of the draft.
Still, Detroit eagerly snatched him up as an undrafted free agent. Lions president and CEO Matt Millen said they'd been in contact with several prospects who they thought might be marginal draft prospect and targeted them early in the process.
Bury was one of those targets.