Michigan State Cornback Justin Layne could be a Day 2 option for the Lions in the NFL Draft. (Photo: David Guralnick, Detroit News)
Allen Park – Over the next few days, before the NFL draft, we are looking at the Detroit Lions roster list and looking at how the team could face every job. Today: Corner corners.
► Current roster: Darius Slay, Justin Coleman, Rashaan Melvin, Teez Tabor, Jamal Agnew, Mike Ford, Marcus Cooper, Dee Virgin, Andre Chachere
► Short-term need: Five out of 10
► Long-term need: Eight out of 10
► Best prospects: Greedy Williams, Byron Murphy, Deandre Baker
► Mid-round options: Justin Layne, Sean Bunting, Amani Oruwariye
► Late fits: Iman Marshall, Jordan Miller, Corey Ballentine
As far as Darius Slay has at the lions, the right of voting is in a decent shape at the back of the corner. Sure, you can always use a number of talented defenses, productive protection, but to find an elite, cover corner they can shadow the opponent's top, difficult to secure.
Facing Slay is an issue at the Lions. Over the past few years Nevin Lawson has been in charge. And it did a number of things very well, which mainly restricted the overall production with its aggressive, physical outdoor play style.
But Lawson had difficulties with punishments and ridicule. He has never broken more than nine in a season, and has only met for nine years together. In addition, it failed to record in the early part of 54 career starts. According to data tracked by Pro Football Reference, that is the majority that starts without picking back an account in NFL history.
This played a significant role in the Lions cutting bait this season. This brings Mike Ford, Teez Tabor, Marcus Cooper and Rashaan Melvin, a free agent, to the main partners.
Ford, a rookie not withdrawn last year, started four games and was fighting through predictable inconsistencies. Tabor, the former second-round pick, has not yet joined him as a professional, which means that in 2018 he gets a very perfect rating against his direction. Cooper and Melvin, who were two former frames. year deals, experience began on the table.
Melvin has been in the past year with Oakland, but much of that can be attributed to the pass race there. Still, he can break 22 up to 24 past games.
At the nickel spot, which has begun in the NFL pass-happy, the Lions cut a big check on this season to introduce former Seahawk Justin Coleman. It should improve the coverage of the midfield team.
So in the draft, Detroit should be looking out for long-term parity with Slay.
Unfortunately, there is no great option for staff to reflect on Pick No. However, if general manager Bob Quinn orders one or two trade, Washington's Byron Murphy is fit for the bill.
On Day 2, there are three local options that may be of interest – Michigan State's Justin Layne, Michigan's David Long and Michigan Michigan's Old Bunting. All three have sufficient size and contributed to the good careers of the college with strong test performances at the scouting together.
In the late rounds, the Lions are less likely to get started immediately. You could attend a major conference, such as Texas Kris Boyd or Iman Marshall of the USU in the early stages of the final day of the draft. Boyd struggled against the best winners, but he broke 17 passes last year, and Marshall has an excellent amount to play the press and support the current defense.
Another option worth considering on Day 3 is Corey Ballentine, which focused on the Washburn Division of Division II. He needs a lot of work polishing his techniques, but he has a good pace and speed with the skills he painted in college.
Scoring on a corner that can soon, or at least the opportunity to start in 2020, would make great strides in consolidating Detroit secondary school and the work of Quinn with the start of the team's defense over the past 12 months. complete.
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