ALLEN PARK, Mich. – Former Bulldog wide receiver Nate Hartline (Cassopolis, Mich.) was one of 31 tryout players that attended rookie mini-camp at the Detroit Lions practice facility which ran from May 7-10. Not only were tryout players invited, but the Detroit Lions’ recent draft picks were there to work out for the first time with their new team.
“It was great to meet the newest members of the Lions and also to participate in drills,” said Hartline. “Everybody was very welcoming and no one knows what level you come from when you run drills. I was the only Division III guy there, but I feel like I held my own.”
Other invitees of note included cornerback Tim Bennett (Indiana), quarterback Rob Bolden (Eastern Michigan), wide receiver Jared Haggins (Florida State), cornerback Delonte Hollowell (Michigan) and offensive tackle Dallas Lewallen (Wisconsin).
“I spoke with the scouts and coaches afterwards and my goal is to make the 90-man training camp roster later this summer,” stated Hartline. “Adrian was a great place to play football and I hope that I will make them proud.”