The Lions could use some reinforcements in the secondary, and they might not wait this long to draft some. But here in the fifth round, Taylor-Britt has some intriguing traits (5-10, 200 pounds, 31-3/4-inch arms) and he played corner and safety as a three-year starter for the Cornhuskers.
NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein has outlined Taylor-Britt’s strengths and weaknesses. From this corner, that looks like a skill set (flaws and all) Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn and defensive backs coach Aubrey Pleasant would love to work with.
A three-year starter at Toledo, Anderson has size (6-foot-1, 204 pounds) and length (33-inch arms) with the skill set to possibly find a place in the NFL as an in-the-box safety who is adequate in certain coverage matchups and situations.
In a pairing with a safety that’s more comfortable playing deeper (Tracy Walker? Marcus Williams?), Anderson could be quite good and the fit for the Lions is inherent in the names I mentioned as a re-signing or signing in free agency.
After Metchie in the third round, the Lions double-up on wide receiver with Roberson in the sixth. The SMU product’s college career was derailed a bit by injury, but if you mash 2019 and 2020 together what are essentiall full season numbers (13 games) look pretty good (65 catches for 1,277 yards, 11 touchdowns). In 2021, he had six touchdowns among his 51 receptions.
Roberson is oddly a bit of a favorite here at SideLion Report, so the Lions add some extra competition to their wide receiver room pretty easily.