With their final pick in the 2013 NFL draft the Detroit Lions select Brandon Hepburn from Florida A&M. The Lions needed a linebacker after the departure of Justin Durant in the off-season and could make the team as a back-up. Hepburn is 6′ 2″ and weighs 240 lbs. He was the NFL combines top performer in the long jump at 124 inches.
Hepburn lettered in football and wrestling at North Rockland High School in Thiells, N.Y. In his senior season, he earned the Journal News Scholar Athlete award after amassing 132 tackles, eight sacks and one interception. Hepburn was also a member of the National Honor Society and the Science Honor Society. His older sister Yvana is a hurdler for the USF women’s track team. He walked on to the Florida A&M football team while carrying a full academic load in biochemistry. During a summer internship, he successfully found a way to kill certain cancer cells in rats using copper-loaded nano particles. Hepburn dreams of owning a biochemical company so he can lead research that will eradicate deadly diseases. Hepburn redshirted in 2008. In 2009, he mostly was relegated to special teams duties and had 13 tackles on the year. The following year, Hepburn played in all 11 games, recording 63 tackles, one sack, and one forced fumble. In his final season, Hepburn racked up 86 tackles, 5.5 sacks, seven pass breakups, and one forced fumble.
Hepburn will get a chance to compete for playing time at the thinnest position on the Detroit Lions defense.