The Detroit Lions second pick of the 2013 NFL Draft is in…
Who: Darius Slay
Where: Mississippi State
When: Round 2, Pick 4 (36 Overall)
Why: The Lions have a solid corner in Chris Houston but a lot of questions behind him. They took three corners in the 2012 draft and while they remain high on all three, adding a prospect like Slay bolsters depth and increases the odds at least one of their young corners turns into a long-term solution for the Lions defense.
Slay fits the protype for what the Lions are looking for in a corner. He has good size at 6’0″ and 192 pounds and ran a 4.36 second 40-yard dash at the combine. But don’t label Slay a workout warrior, he is much more than that. He got his fair share of chances defending passes playing opposite fellow top prospect Johnthan Banks. By the end of the season some (including the Lions, apparently) regarded as Slay as the superior prospect.
One concern is a report that Slay suffered a torn meniscus during his draft preparations. It remains to be seen if he will require surgery so this is a situation to watch. Still, a draft pick is made with the big picture in mind and the Lions’ information says that Slay does not have a long-term injury.