York's Beau Nunn wasn't selected in the 2018 NFL Draft but he was snapped up in the immediate aftermath by the Detroit Lions.
Nunn, who finished a stellar college career at Appalachian State in December, signed with the Lions as an undrafted free agent Saturday night, April 28, 2018.
The McConnells native was a quiet standout on both the defensive and offensive lines for coach Bobby Carroll at York Comprehensive High School, playing in the 2012 North-South all-star game.
Nunn started 41 of his 43 college games at Appalachian State after redshirting as a freshman. During the college football regular season, Nunn allowed the fewest quarterback pressures (four) of any FBS offensive tackle (out of 179 players). He and his Mountaineer OL teammates finished the 2017 season as one of the best units in the country, allowing just eight sacks the entire campaign.
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Several undrafted linemen from Appalachian State have made NFL rosters in recent years, and over a third of the NFL offensive linemen that played (or could play) guard last season were undrafted players. Nunn, who played right tackle at Appalachian State, will likely shift to guard in the pro ranks.
The Lions picked an offensive lineman in the first round for the fourth time in seven years. Then they took a running back in the second round — the fourth time since 2010 they’ve drafted a player at that position in rounds one or two. They eventually moved on to the defense, but for Detroit, this draft was clearly an effort to improve the running game.
“I think it’s supply and demand,” general manager Bob Quinn told the Associated Press Saturday.
“Look at the board, I’d say, quite honestly, there was much, much more depth along the offensive line and at running back than there was at pass rush, and the pass rushers came off pretty early, and then there’s a huge drop-off.”
Detroit picked center Frank Ragnow of Arkansas , running back Kerryon Johnson of Auburn and safety Tracy Walker of Louisiana-Lafayette on the draft’s first two nights. The Lions entered Saturday with only two picks left, but they traded into the fourth round and took defensive end Da’Shawn Hand of Alabama.
Then Detroit added offensive lineman Tyrell Crosby of Oregon in the fifth round and fullback Nick Bawden of San Diego State in the seventh.
The Associated Press contributed.