Florida Football's center Kingsley Eguakun Lands with Lions as Top UDFA

Former Florida center Kingsley Eguakun signed with the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent after going unselected in the 2024 NFL Draft.
Florida Gators offensive lineman Kingsley Eguakun (65).
Florida Gators offensive lineman Kingsley Eguakun (65). / Matt Pendleton/Gainesville Sun / USA

While he didn't hear his name called during the 2024 NFL Draft, former Florida center Kingsley Eguakun quickly found a new home as one of the most coveted undrafted free agents available.

According to the Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett, Eguakun signed with the Detroit Lions after going unselected, signing a contract that includes a $20,000 signing bonus and $225,000 in base salary guarantees.

Despite being rated as the No. 4 center prospect remaining on the board by ESPN's analysts, Eguakun will now have to take the road less traveled to cement his NFL future. However, the 6'3", 300-pounder brings a wealth of experience from his five years along Florida's offensive line.

While his resume is impressive, and he made 30 starts during his time in Gainesville, concerns over an ankle injury that sidelined him for most of the 2023 season hurt his draft stock.

Rather than dwell on that setback, Eguakun is embracing the underdog role and added motivation to prove himself in Detroit's system.

As the first of Florida's scholarship players to land an undrafted free agent deal this year, Eguakun will carry the burden of high expectations. But overcoming adversity is nothing new after battling through the SEC trenches, setting the stage for him to thrive with the Lions.