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Rapid Reactions to the Detroit Lions’ Selection of Darius Slay

November 10, 2012; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers wide receiver Jarvis Landry (80) is tackled by Mississippi State Bulldogs defensive back Darius Slay (9) and defensive back Nickoe Whitley (5) during the first half at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

The response from Detroit Lions fans on Twitter has been overwhelmingly positive to the selection of Darius Slay. Here is a look at what is being said on a national level around the internet:

Walter Football

B- Grade
Darius Slay was projected to go in the first half of the second round, so the range of this pick makes sense. Cornerback was also a need, though not as great of a need as people think. Having said that, what Detroit plans on doing at left tackle is beyond me. Matthew Stafford probably won’t make it through the 2013 season.

Michael Schottey – Bleacher Report

Need: B+
Value: C
Fit: B-

Huge reach for the Lions and it’s not even at a position that is their greatest need. Slay steps in as the No. 2 cornerback on the roster and is a tall, lean prospect who isn’t going to be able to press as much as the Lions would like. Fantastic athlete, but needs to be a much better football player to prove he’s anything other than a huge reach at the top of Round 2.

Overall: B-

Pete Prisco – CBS Sports

He can run and fills a huge need for the Lions. They play in a division with a lot of good passers, so they have to cover better. Some injury concerns. Grade: B-

Sayre Bedinger – NFL Mocks

The Lions get a big playmaker at the CB position. Interesting that Slay went before Banks, given that he doesn’t have a lot of time in division one, but he is a huge upside player for the Lions.

Russ Lande – National Football Post

Needing a boost for their secondary, the Lions grab cornerback Darrius Slay from Mississippi State. A smooth and fluid athlete with explosive closing burst to the ball and the ball skills necessary to break-up and intercept passes, Slay will be a welcome addition to a Lions secondary that has struggled in recent seasons.

Topics: 2013 NFL Draft, Darius Slay, Detroit Lions

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