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Sammie Lee Hill is a quality depth player for the Lions. He represents what the Lions will be looking to accomplish in Rounds 4-7 of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Here are some prospects who may represent outstanding value for the Lions on Day 3 of the 2012 NFL draft.
Omar Bolden, Arizona State—He suffered two serious knee injuries in college. He is fast and talented, but his injury risk will drop him in the draft. He is also an excellent kick returner. On the plus side Bolden has no off-field issues.
Isaiah Frey, Nevada—Frey has the size that the Lions like at CB (6'0", 190lbs). He plays the ball well and his five INTs and 16 pass break-ups are a testament to that. Isaiah is a project pick but few corners have his ball skills, and that is worth the effort.
Mike Ryan, OT/G, UConn—Ryan is a project player who may fit at tackle or guard. He is a long-term project similar to what the Lions have attempted with Jason Fox. Hopefully Ryan can stay healthier than Fox has.
J.B. Shugarts, G, Ohio State—Shugarts was tackle at Ohio State but might make a better guard at the NFL level. His athleticism and size make him the type of guard that offensive coordinator Scott Linehan prefers. Coming from a traditional power team in a power conference will help make his transition to the NFL more smooth.
Brandon Washington, G, Miami—Washington played out of position as a senior (at LT). He has a chance to be a pretty good NFL guard. The bad tape this season will not serve his draft status well, but his talent will get him a roster spot.
Terrell Manning, OLB, N.C. State—Manning came out too early. He has speed and at the least could be a quality special teams player. He lacks bulk and experience so if he hopes to become an NFL starter he needs to add both. He probably should have stayed in school.
Neiko Thorpe, FS, Auburn—Last season Thorpe was a corner. His transition to safety went fairly well. On a subpar defense he managed nearly 100 tackles and three interceptions. He is more of a coverage safety than an in-the-box player.
Eddie Whitley, S, Virginia Tech—Whitley is a much better against the pass than the run. He needs to play more by instinct and think less. He has good physical tools but needs confidence in order to produce at the NFL level. Even if he doesn't become a starting NFL safety, he can upgrade special teams.
A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois—Jenkins was the most productive receiver in the Big Ten this past season. He isn't the fastest, biggest or strongest but he does everything well. Jenkins also has a propensity for the big play.
DeVier Posey, WR, Ohio State—Posey only played in two games this season. He has talent, but it may be overlooked due to the OSU scandal that he was involved in and the lack of a senior season that it caused. Where he goes will depend on how he performs at the combine.
Jermaine Kearse, WR, Washington—Kearse hasn't been the most productive college player. With Jake Locker at QB, he had his most productive year. He tends to have lapses in concentration, but if he can sort that out he has real potential to develop into a quality No. 2 WR in the NFL.