2. Second round, 36th overall: Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State
The Lions needed help on the back end of their defense, and they got a big, fast playmaker here in Darius Slay. This guy had a slight meniscus tear at the Scouting Combine, and still managed to run a 4.34. He is a former transfer to Mississippi State from junior college who emerged in 2012 as one of the top defensive playmakers in the country. Last year as a member of the Bulldogs, he had 40 tackles, five interceptions, and six pass breakups. I think for the Lions, he is slated to be a starter opposite Chris Houston in the defensive lineup. There were a lot of analysts out there who felt like this guy could be a first round pick before the knowledge of his health broke, but the Lions did their research and feel like he will be ready to go by training camp. At 6’0″ 192 pounds, Slay is a bigger cornerback who has that elite speed that I talked about, but he’s only scratched the surface of his potential. The Lions used their first two picks on some “boom or bust” types of players, but you have to like the skill set both bring to the table. Not to mention, Slay fills arguably the Lions’ second most pressing need on the defensive side of the ball.