2013 Detroit Lions NFL Draft Review and Analysis

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Nov 03, 2012; Starkville, MS, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs defensive back Darius Slay (9) points out where he needs a block after making an interception during the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Davis Wade Stadium. Mississippi State Bulldogs defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks 45-14. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden–USA TODAY Sports

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.

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