Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; A general view of the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-US PRESSWIRE

Detroit Lions 2012 NFL Draft: What To Watch For on Day Three

The Lions stayed put with their second and third round picks last night but that doesn’t mean their evening was uneventful, at least as far as fan reaction is concerned. The controversy surrounding the pick of Ryan Broyles died down quite a bit when the Lions followed up with cornerback Dwight Bentley in the third round. Where do the Lions go from here? It really all depends on their draft board but here are some thoughts on what to look for as the third day of the 2012 NFL Draft unfolds:

  • The Lions are in a position where quality trumps quantity so day three might be the day we see the Lions move up to grab someone they like. The two seventh round picks aren’t much to offer and they don’t have a sixth rounder so whatever move they make is likely to be small but sometimes that is all it takes to ensure you land the guy you’re targeting.
  • A cornerback is already in this class but don’t be surprised to see another added on day three. The Lions have entered training camp with a number of similarly skilled corners before and let the competition sort out the details. Pairing another corner with Bentley takes out some of the boom/bust risk associated with drafting a corner in the third round. Brandon Boykin and Josh Norman are two corners still available that could have legitimately come off the draft board on day two.
  • Jahvid Best, Mikel Leshoure and Kevin Smith are all supposed to be back and healthy in 2012 but the Lions spent a lot of pre-draft time looking into running back options. Lamar Miller and Chris Polk are two guys they showed some level of interest in that are still available. We’ll find out how confident they are in their returning backs by what transpires on Saturday.
  • The seventh round is a great spot to take a chance on a developmental player. The Lions could use a quarterback to serve as the number three for the next two years with the hope that he could become Matthew Stafford’s primary backup after Shaun Hill moves on. It’s a great place to take a chance on a boom or bust prospect. Defensive end is the other position that wouldn’t be surprising to see the Lions take a flier on with a late pick.

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