Aug 22, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions cornerback Rashean Mathis (31) is announced before the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
It seems like every year the Lions have CB at the top of their list for positions they would look to fix at the top of the draft, and every year they disappoint. The second and third round is where the Lions have had their best luck with corners, but that could change in 2013.
The learning curve for a cornerback is very steep, but with Darius Slay emerging, Rashean Mathis still fighting off age and playing well, and both Bentley and Lawson returning from injury next season, the Lions will have an opportunity to draft a talented CB early in the draft and groom them properly.
Like Defensive End, it’s unlikely the Lions will be able to fill this position with a young up and coming corner in free agency due to the cost associated with doing so. Several former first rounders that failed to produce could hit the market, like Kyle Wilson and Patrick Robinson, who might be worth kicking the tires for, but any upper tier talent is going to break the bank for a team that’s still hard up on the cap.
Promising local products like Blake Countess and Trae Waynes or versatile athletes like Ifo Ekpre Olomu are already being mocked to the team for 2015 to address the Detroit Lions draft needs.