4 cornerbacks Detroit Lions should target to replace Cameron Sutton in the draft

Shifting toward the draft, here are four cornerbacks the Detroit Lions could ideally replace Cameron Sutton with.

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2. Kool-Aid McKinstry, Alabama

McKinstry has become a popular pick to the Lions at No. 29 in mock drafts recently, driven by Sutton's exit. A Jones fracture that was discovered in his foot at the combine drove the notion he could fall right into their laps late in the first round.

Then McKinstry, before having his foot injury fixed mind you, did this at Alabama's Pro Day.

Brad Holmes was in attendance, which is the only Pro Day he's known to have attended so far in this pre-draft process. And we know how much Holmes likes Alabama players, taking three in the last two drafts.

You can't start three years for Nick Saban without being a really good, smart football player. McKinstry was also among the best all-around cornerbacks in the country over his last two years at Alabama. Should he fall to No. 29, the Lions may again draw ire from the league office for making their pick too quickly. A move up to get him is not out of the question.

1. Kamari Lassiter, Georgia

I had Lassiter to the Lions at pick 29 in my pre-Super Bowl mock draft, and I've never totally dismissed him as an option since. At this point he's regarded as a fringe first-round pick, more like top 40-50 overall pick for most, but as mentioned in this deep of a class at cornerback that's not necessarily a huge knock. Multiple corners who end up being really good are going to fall more than they should.

More interceptions would be nice to see on Lassiter's stat sheet over three years at Georgia, but he posted an 85.4 overall grade from Pro Football Focus last season (87.2 coverage grade) with a 48.7 passer rating allowed and 15 receptions allowed on 39 targets (eight pass breakups).

Lassiter is definitely undersized (5-foot-11, 186 pounds) with questions about this long speed amid mixed reports about his 40 time at Georgia's Pro Day. But he is a willing tackler (8.5 tackles for loss over the last two seasons) who mixes quick feet with physicality in a way Holmes and Dan Campbell are sure to be loving as they look at his college tape.

Less than prototypical size. Slower than might be ideal in terms of timed, straight-line speed without a uniform on. Lassiter sounds like just the kind of guy the Lions will have high on their draft board, and take at 29 as everyone else things they're reaching.

As an added note, Reel Analytics has Jackson, Abrams-Draine, McKinstry and Lassiter among the 10 highest Production Scores in this year's cornerback class.


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