LIONS SIGN FIVE DRAFT PICKS

Hondo S. Carpenter

LIONS SIGN FIVE DRAFT PICKSAllen Park, Mich. - The Detroit Lions announced today that they have signed five draft picks from the team's 2006 NFL Draft class: RB Brian Calhoun, T Jonathan Scott, CB Dee McCann, C/G Fred Matua and LB Anthony Cannon. Calhoun signed a four-year contract while Scott, McCann, Matua and Cannon each signed three-year deals. No other contract terms were disclosed.

Calhoun, 5-9, 194, was taken by the Lions with the 74th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. During his collegiate career at Wisconsin and Colorado, Calhoun amassed 2,760 rushing yards on 619 attempts (4.5 avg) with 27 rushing touchdowns, and also had 90 receptions for 909 receiving yards (10.1 avg) and four receiving touchdowns while playing in 39 total games with 24 starts.

Calhoun had a record-setting season in his only year at Wisconsin in 2005, tallying 24 total touchdowns with 22 rushing, both Badger single-season records while starting all 13 games. After compiling 1,636 rushing yards and 571 receiving yards as a senior, Calhoun became only the second player in Big Ten Conference history to rush for over 1,000 yards and record over 500 receiving yards in the same season. For his senior season performance, he was a second-team All-American selection by The NFL Draft Report, Associated Press and Sports Illustrated, a consensus All-Big Ten Conference first-team choice and a semi-finalist for the Doak Walker Award and Maxwell Award. He was also the recipient of Wisconsin's Jimmy Demetral Team MVP Award, was selected to ESPN's All-Bowl Team and was MVP of the Capital One Bowl.

Forced to sit out during the 2004 football season after transferring from Colorado to Wisconsin, Calhoun joined the Badger track team. While competing on the 4x100-meter relay squad, he helped Wisconsin claim the 2004-05 Big Ten Conference Championship,.

As a sophomore at Colorado in 2003, Calhoun recorded 810 rushing yards on 195 attempts (4.2 avg) with five rushing touchdowns. He also added 32 receptions for 266 yards (8.3 avg) and one receiving touchdown to earn All-Big 12 Conference honorable mention by league coaches.

Calhoun saw extensive time as a true freshman in 2002 for the Buffaloes, playing in 14 games while starting one, finishing with 314 rushing yards on 76 attempts (4.1 avg), along with five receptions for 72 yards (14.4 avg) with one receiving touchdown.

As a senior at Oak Creek (Wisc.) High School, Calhoun ran for 1,275 yards on 120 attempts (10.4 avg) with 26 touchdowns, while adding 15 receptions for 300 yards and two receiving touchdowns. He finished his career with 4,790 yards and 82 touchdowns.

Calhoun's high school accolades included Prep Football Report, Prep Star and Super Prep All-American honors, a two-time All-state selection, and was also selected as All-Region and All-Southeast Conference. He was also named Gatorade's Wisconsin Player of the Year as a junior, and Region and conference Player of the Year and second-team All-League as a sophomore.

Scott, 6-6, 315, was taken by the Lions 141st overall in the 2006 NFL Draft out of Texas where he started 45 of 51 games in his collegiate career. Scott comes to Detroit after a senior season in which he helped the Longhorns win the national championship by ranking first in scoring offense (50.2 ppg), second in rushing offense (274.9 ypg) and third in total offense (512.1 ypg). He was named All-Big 12 Conference as well as being a first-team selection by the American Football Coaches Association, the Associated Press, the Football Writers Association of America, the Sporting News and the Walter Camp Football Foundation.

In 2004 he started every game at left offensive tackle, registering 31 touchdown-resulting blocks and 141 key blocks to help Texas earn national rankings of second in rushing (299.2 ypg), seventh in total offense (464.4 ypg) and 12th in scoring (35.3 ppg). Accolades for his junior season included first-team All-American choice by The NFL Draft Report, second-team All-American by the Associated Press and honorable mention by Pro Football Weekly and was a consensus first-team All-Big 12 conference selection.

Scott finished the 2003 season with 25 touchdown-resulting blocks and 117 key blocks to help the Longhorn offense rank sixth in scoring offense (41.0 ppg) and eighth in rushing offense (232.5 ypg), nationally. For his performances, he earned third-team All-Big 12 conference honors from the league coaches, second-team from the San Antonio Express-News and honorable mention from the Associated Press.

Scott was named to the All-Big 12 Conference Freshman Team by Sporting News and was an All-Big 12 honorable mention by the Associated Press after playing 12 games to help the team rank 16th nationally in scoring offense (33.8 ppg).

During his senior season at Carter (Dallas, Tex.) High School, Scott registered 81 knockdown blocks and did not allow a sack for an offense that averaged 301.3 rushing yards-per-game. He received second-team All-USA honors from USA Today in addition to being named first-team Class 5A All-State as a senior.

McCann, 5-11, 200, was chosen by the Lions 179th overall in the 2006 NFL Draft. He finished his career with 151 tackles, 10 interceptions, five sacks, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and five pass deflections while at West Virginia and Jones County (Miss.) Junior College.

During the 2004 and 2005 seasons at West Virginia, McCann played in 21 games and started 11 to post 79 tackles (49 solo), seven interceptions, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and five pass deflections.

Before transferring to West Virginia, McCann played one season at Jones County (Miss.) Junior College where he posted 72 tackles, five sacks and three interceptions. He prepped at Greene County (Miss.) High School where he earned All-District honors as a running back.

Matua, 6-2, 306, was drafted as the 217th overall pick of the 2006 NFL Draft, projected as one of the top guards. During his three-year collegiate career at the Southern California, Matua helped the Trojans ground game increase from 2,306 yards in 2004 to 3,380 yards in 2005.

As a senior in 2005, Matua was named All-American second-team, an All-Bowl Team selection by Rivals.com and was All-Pac 10 Conference second-team choice. Matua started every contest at right offensive guard and helped lead the nation with 7,537 yards in total offense - the second-most by an NCAA Division 1-A team in a season. Matua posted 102 key blocks with 12 resulting in touchdowns, allowing only two quarterback sacks and three pressures for the season.

Playing at right offensive guard position his sophomore campaign in 2004 Matua was named an All-American first-team selection by College Football News. He made an impressive 71 knockdowns with eight touchdown-resulting blocks which allowed the offense to generate 5,838 yards, including 3,532 yards passing.

During his redshirt freshman season in 2003, Matua was named All-American second-team pick by College Football News. He started the first six games at right offensive guard, then fell into backup position for John Drake in the next five contests, but still saw game action. He eventually moved back into the starting lineup vs. Oregon State and Michigan in the Rose Bowl.

Matua earned a starting job in the 2002 fall camp as a true freshman, but a knee injury moved him out of the starting lineup.

During his high school career at Banning High school in Wilmington, Cali. Matua excelled as a lineman. He earned several honors including, the 2001 Super Prep, Prep Star and Tom Lemming All-American selection. As a junior he was named to the All-L.A. City second-team and All-Marine League first-team while getting 75 tackles, including 15 sacks, five forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and an interception.

Cannon, 6-0, 234, was the Lions' second seventh-round pick, to make him the 247th overall selection of the 2006 NFL draft. As a four-year starter at Tulane, Cannon completed his collegiate career with 437 tackles to rank fourth all-time at Tulane and third in Conference USA history. Cannon's 29 career tackles-for-loss tie him for fifth-place in school history.

During his senior campaign in 2005, Cannon led Tulane in tackles with 114 for the third time in his career. As the team's top tackler in nine of ten games he played during the season, he finished with 47 more tackles than the second-highest total on the team. He also had team-highs of 12.5 tackles-for-loss, five pass break-ups, and 2.5 sacks. Cannon was selected to Watch List for both the Rotary Lombardi Award (top lineman or linebacker) and the Butkus Award (top linebacker), as well as first team CoSIDA Academic All-District choice.

As a junior in 2004, Cannon was a third team All-Conference USA selection and led Tulane in tackles with 107, and quarterback sacks with 4.0. He ranked fourth C-USA and 29th in the nation in tackles-per-game. Cannon's four forced fumbles ranked second in the league and tied tenth in the nation. He was also a CoSIDA Academic All-District Second Team selection.

In 2003 as a sophomore Cannon played in 11 games, starting in 10 at weak-side linebacker. He earned All-Louisiana honors by tallying five or more tackles in every game he played. Cannon finished the season with 102 tackles (60 solo) ranking third on the team.

Cannon saw plenty of action as a freshman, earning the label of Tulane's top tackler with 114 stops (67 solo) at his weakside linebacker position. He was also named the Conference USA Defensive Freshman of the Years by The Sporting News, and was ranked second in the nation among all Division I-A true freshman in tackles.

Cannon, a Pensacola, Fla. native, compiled 120 tackles, including 12 for losses his senior year at Stephenson High school in Georgia. The same year he was also chosen to represent Georgia in the Florida-Georgia All-Star Game. In his junior year Cannon tallied 92 tackles with two sacks and caught eight passes for 154 yards.

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