MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The 2017 NFL Draft may be over, but that didn’t stop Alabama State University tight end Brandon Barnes from reaching his goal of being a professional athlete.

Barnes was one of 12 free agent signees for the Detroit Lions.

Brandon Barnes exemplifies perseverance after all he has been through,” Alabama State head coach Brian Jenkins said. “He is truly a phenomenal athlete and we wish him the best of luck in his professional career.”

The 6-foot-5, 255-pound native of Phoenix City, Ala., donned the black and gold jersey all four years at tight end. He amassed 436 yards on 29 receptions in 39 games. During that span he found the endzone four times. His biggest season came during his junior campaign when he played 11 games and caught 13 balls for 199 yards and three scores.