Pope (6-7, 313) originally signed with the Detroit Lions as a rookie free agent on May 10, 2019 out of San Diego State University. He was waived by the Lions on August 30.
A 22-year-old native of Lakewood, CA, Pope appeared in 38 games (24 starts) along the offensive line for the Aztecs. As a senior in 2018, he started all 13 games and earned Second-Team All-Mountain West honors. He joined San Diego State after one season (2014) at Long Beach City College.