This year’s cornerback class has one true stud and 2 or 3 very good prospects. With cornerbacks being a premium and the Lions needing 2 starters at this moment, one of these players have a very good chance of being drafted by the Lions.
Patrick Peterson – LSU – 6’1” 212 lbs. Projected 40 yard dash time – 4.34 seconds. Patterns his play to former Wolverine and now Green Bay Packer Charles Woodson. Defensive player of the year in college football this past year. Excellent in special teams returning punts and kicks. Excellent size and speed, great in coverage, tackles well, and matches up with the bigger receivers. Shutdown top receivers in college such as A.J. Green and Julio Jones. Recently stated he thinks he will run a 4.2 second 40 yard dash. This guy is what we need, but is going to be gone way before the Lions get a chance. Barring a blockbuster trade, Peterson will go # 1 or # 2 overall and the Lions would have to give up way too many draft picks to move up that high.
Prince Amukamara – Nebraska – 6’0” 205 lbs. Projected 40 yard dash time – 4.49 seconds. Very good in run support. Pass coverage was not tested a lot last year based on his reputation as a shutdown corner. Thru 13 games last year he was targeted only 53 times but they only completed 18 of those attempts. One bad game last season, allowed 5 catches, 2 TD’s and 157 yards to OSU receiver Justin Blackmon, but you can’t base his potential on one bad game. His biggest question is his speed which could make him slip a little into the mid first round. Will be there for the Lions if they want him. I am sure Mr. Suh is whispering in Schwartz and Mayhew’s ears the pros and cons of Amukamara.
Jimmy Smith – Colorado – 6’2” 205 lbs. Projected 40 yard dash time – 4.49 seconds. Very good in run support and matches up well with the bigger receivers. Only allowed 11 receptions over the last 2 years in man to man coverage and only one of those were for a first down, which shows excellent coverage ability. Will be there for the Lions at # 13, he sounds great, but there are red flags galore. He had 2 minor in possession charges and a positive drug test while at CU. Could be the next Charles Rogers for the Lions. I think anytime you have personality or off-field issues, investing that much into your top pick makes Jimmy Smith too much of a risk.
Brandon Harris – Miami, FL – 5’11” 195 lbs. Projected 40 yard dash time – 4.41 seconds. Good in run support. Excellent athlete, very fluid and quick. Better in man to man coverage, breaks up a lot of passes, has the quickness and speed to make up for any mistakes. Rarely out of position. Plays with a swagger like most of his predecessors from the U. Very good at turning his head and finding the ball to either intercept it or knock it down. Will be there at # 13 and is the player I believe will move up the boards the most in the weeks leading up to the draft.