Brandon Copeland (linebacker)

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Brandon Copeland
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Copeland at Ravens M&T Bank Stadium practice in August 2013.
No. 51 Detroit Lions
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-07-02) July 2, 1991 (age 25)[1]
Place of birth: Sykesville, Maryland[2]
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 248 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High school: Baltimore (MD) Gilman
College: Penn
Undrafted: 2013
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2016
Tackles: 16
Sacks: 0.5
Forced fumbles: 1
Player stats at

Brandon Copeland (born July 2, 1991) is an American football defensive end for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at The University of Pennsylvania.

Early life[edit]

Copeland is from Sykesville, Maryland.[3] He is the grandson of former Baltimore Colts player Roy Hilton.[4] Copeland graduated from Gilman High School[5] where he played 3 sports: football, basketball and track.[6]

He was on the championship squad at the 2006 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association.[7] He received the National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete of the Year Award in 2008 and was an Academic All-State team honoree the same year.[8]

College football[edit]

Copeland attended the University of Pennsylvania where he was the captain of the 2012 Ivy League championship winning team.[9]

Professional career[edit]

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

On April 27, 2013, He signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent.[10] He was waived on August 31, 2013.

Tennessee Titans[edit]

He signed with the Tennessee Titans to their practice squad on October 8, 2013. He was released from the Titans’ practice squad on November 5, 2013, but re-signed to the team’s practice squad on November 12, 2013. He signed with the Titans to a future contract on December 31, 2013.

Orlando Predators[edit]

On February 13, 2015, Copeland was assigned to the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League (AFL). On March 6, 2015, Copeland was placed on the refused to report list by the Predators. On April 7, 2015, Copeland was placed on other league exempt list by the Predators.

Detroit Lions[edit]

On April 7, 2015, Copeland signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Lions.[11] It came after he participate in the NFL Veterans Combine, where he, along with Ifeanyi Momah were the only participants to be offered contracts.


  1. ^ "Profile". Retrieved 2013-05-31. 
  2. ^ Brown, Clifton. "Long shots vie for roster spots". Retrieved 2013-05-31. 
  3. ^ Brown, Clifton. "Long shots vie for roster spots". Retrieved 2013-05-31. 
  4. ^ "Home-Grown Brandon Copeland Trying To Make It". Retrieved 2013-05-31. 
  5. ^ Wilson, Aaron (May 16, 2013). "Taking stock at Ravens' inside linebacker position minus Rolando McClain". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2013-05-31. 
  6. ^ "Biography". Retrieved 2013-05-31. 
  7. ^ "Biography". Retrieved 2013-05-31. 
  8. ^ "Biography". Retrieved 2013-05-31. 
  9. ^ "IVY CHAMPS! Football Wins Thriller to Claim Outright Title, 35-28". Retrieved 2013-05-31. 
  10. ^ "Ravens Sign 14 Undrafted Free Agents". Retrieved May 3, 2013. 
  11. ^ Twentyman, Tim (April 7, 2015). "Lions sign linebacker Brandon Copeland". Detroit Lions. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 

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