Hillsdale College defensive lineman Roger Stewart became the latest the program has sent to an NFL rookie camp. Stewart was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Detroit Lions and will report to the team’s camp for rookie players Thursday morning in Allen Park.
Stewart is a 6-foot-4, 300-pound interior lineman who got bigger, stronger and faster throughout his four-year career at Hillsdale. In 2015, he started 11 games at defensive tackle and recorded 42 total tackles, with 24 solo stops among them. He had a career-high 4 1/2 tackles-for-loss and two sacks.
His best game came in his final collegiate performance, an overtime win over Wayne State, that saw him record 11 total tackles. On Oct. 11, 2014, he rang up 10 total tackles and 1 1/2 tackles-for-loss at nationally ranked Ohio Dominican.
Stewart extends the list of former Chargers who have been invited to rookie camps over the past 10 years. The list is as follows: Mark Nicolet, Detroit Lions, 2008; Tom Korte, Pittsburgh Steelers, 2009; A.J. Kegg, Cleveland Browns, 2010; Mark Petro, New York Jets, 2010; Jared Veldheer, Oakland Raiders, 2010; Troy Weatherhead, Cleveland Browns, 2011; Andre Holmes, Minnesota Vikings, 2011; Nick Hixson, New Orleans Saints, 2012; Joe Glendening, Green Bay Packers, 2013; Brett Pasche, Detroit Lions, 2014.
Veldheer is currently the starting left tackle for the defending NFC West Divsion champion Arizona Cardinals. Holmes is also still active, returning for his fourth full season with the Oakland Raiders in 2016.