When the Detroit Lions finally get started with training camp in a couple of months one of the hottest position battles figures to be at cornerback. The only sure thing is that Chris Houston will be one of the starters when the season begins but how things shake out after that is a big mystery.
Just how clouded is the Lions situation at cornerback? Things are so up in the air that DetroitLions.com lead writer Tim Twentyman listed the cornerback position as both the number one and number two position battle on defense in his article today.
The position figured to be one of the more interesting positions battles to watch even before the draft that added Darius Slay to the mix. Bill Bentley won a starting job out of training camp a year ago but his season was cut short by a shoulder injury. Jonte Green was the last of three corners drafted by the Lions in 2012 but showed good progress throughout the season while Chris Greenwood spent the year on PUP/IR but was drafted as a developmental prospect with impressive physical tools.
After the Lions were able to re-sign Houston I felt that the Lions need at cornerback was mostly overblown by the national media considering the three corners drafted a year ago. But while the Lions bypassed Dee Milliner in the first round they didn’t pass up an opportunity to take Darius Slay in the second – a near perfect fit for the bigger/faster/stronger profile the Lions are looking for in a corner.
What the selection of Slay tell me? It tells me they see him as as superior option to the three corners drafted a year ago. The battle for playing time will take place over training camp but it would appear the smart bet is that Slay wins the job opposite Chris Houston. Still, Bentley is somewhat of an incumbent and proved his mettle during training camp a year ago.
That settles one battle but brings on another: the nickel back. The “loser” of what will likely be a Slay-Bentley battle for the number two corner spot has to be seen as the favorite to start the season as the primary nickel back.
How do you see this situation playing out?
Who do you think will start as the Lions #2 CB in 2013?
- Darius Slay (70%, 314 Votes)
- Bill Bentley (21%, 96 Votes)
- Other (9%, 39 Votes)
Total Voters: 449