Devon Witherspoon ready to possibly reunite with Kerby Joseph in Lions secondary
Devon Witherspoon was roommates with Kerby Joseph at Illinois, and he was asked about the possibility of a reunion in the Detroit Lions secondary.
Devon Witherspoon is a virtual lock to be a first-round pick later this month. He had his personal Pro Day on Wednesday after an injury limited him at the NFL Combine, and he reportedly ran the 40 in the 4.42-4.46 range to help cement that stock. He could be the first cornerback drafted.
Witherspoon is easy to tab as a fit for the Lions, with plenty of mock drafts giving him to them with one of their first-round picks–even sixth overall. His aggressive playing style and swagger, despite coming in on the smaller side at 5-foot-11 and 181 pounds, does scream “Dan Campbell type.”
The Lions had quite a find in last year’s draft with safety Kerby Joseph. Joseph and Witherspoon were teammates and roommates at Illinois, so the fit for a reunion in the Lions’ secondary is interesting to consider.
Devon Witherspoon talks about reuniting with Kerby Joseph in Lions’ secondary
Talking to reporters on Wednesday, Witherspoon was asked what he thinks about the possibility or reuniting with Joseph in the Detroit secondary.
"That’d be fine, (to) be with my dog. Me and him, our chemistry’s like…like we already know what we gonna do, out there on the field."
Lions cornerbacks coach Dre’ Bly and defensive backs coach Brian Duker were spotted in attendance on Wednesday getting a close look at Witherspoon.
Witherspoon may not fall out of the top-20 overall, and the Lions happen to have two picks in that range. He’s certainly in play to be a new Lion on the night of April 27, based on his talent and the idea he’d be a great culture fit. It’s an added bonus that he has a prior relationship with Joseph, to make it an easier transition, and the Lions are doing all their homework on him.