5 free agent cornerbacks the Detroit Lions should target

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4. Rock Ya-Sin

2022 Team: Las Vegas Raiders

Over his first four NFL seasons, three with the Indianapolis Colts and one with the Raiders after a trade, Ya-Sin has never quite seemed to put it all together (two interceptions in 52 career games–38 starts). But Pro Football Focus metrics have been kind to his work, and he’s hitting the market just in time for what should be a chunk of his best years (27 years old in May).

Here’s what Brad Spielberger of Pro Football Focus wrote, while projecting Ya-Sin to get a pretty robust for his resume $9 million a year in his free agent deal.

"Working in his favor is the fact he’s effectively the only other young, pure outside cornerback hitting the market this offseason besides Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Jamel Dean. Over the past two seasons, Ya-Sin’s 74.4 coverage grade when lined up out wide ranks 27th and his 70.9 coverage grade in press coverage looks ranks 23rd. Ya-Sin’s 18.2% forced incompletion percentage line up out wide ranks 19th, and his 0.67 yards per coverage snap ranks fifth.”"

The bit of trouble he’s had staying on the field is a red flag attached to Ya-Sin. But he is talented, he’s been a capable outside corner and the tutelage of former Lions’ cornerback/new Lions cornerbacks coach Dre’ Bly would seemingly benefit him a lot.