Kingsley Eguakun signs with Detroit Lions as UDFA

Florida Gators center Kingsley Eguakun went unselected in the 2024 NFL Draft, remaining as one of the top undrafted prospects in college football. Ranking as the 4th best available center according to ESPN, Egukaun signed with the Detriot Lions as an undrafted free agent, per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

The 6’3, 300-pound center received a $20,000 signing bonus and $225,00 base salary guarantee, according to Birkett.

Eguakun brings tons of experience to the next level, logging 30 collegiate starts at center throughout his five-year career at Florida.

“Just being able to put the logo on and just being able to go out there and compete in the SEC is a different experience,” Egukaun said on his time in Gainesville. “I think it’s going¬† to prepare me and has prepared me for the big moments. The lights aren’t too bright when I get under them.”

In 2023, Eguakun battled an ankle injury that sidelined him for eight games in his final season that almost certainly hurt his draft value.

“Obviously, it didn’t help me,” Eguakun said on playing in just four games a year ago. “I was dealing with the injury and when I wasn’t playing I wasn’t my full self so obviously¬†that wasn’t the best for me but you can’t really dwell on things that you can’t control so I can just make the most of my opportunities at this point and make a great career out of it. It makes the story better.”

Eguakun is the first scholarship Gator to sign as an UDFA post 2024 NFL draft.

 

Nick Marcinko
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