Detroit Lions Draft 2012: 10 Players the Lions Should Watch on Day 2
Riley Reiff fills a definite need along the Detroit Lions offensive line, but there are many more holes that need to be filled.
It was smart of the Lions to avoid overdrafting a defensive back when both Stephon Gilmore and Dre Kirkpatrick were taken in the middle of the first round, but the secondary remains a glaring weakness.
Addressing the cornerback and safety positions is essential during the remainder of the draft, as is finding more long-term help along the offensive line.
Let's look at 10 players still on the board that could find themselves in a Lions uniform at the conclusion of Day 2.
10. James Brown, OG, Troy
While drafting Riley Reiff addressed one need on the offensive line, there are still other holes to be filled.
The sooner Stephen Peterman is taken off the field permanently, the better. James Brown could provide the necessary relief.
Brown was a college tackle but is likely to convert to guard at the next level.
At 6'4", 306 lbs, he is an absolute road-grater and would bring the type of run-blocking ability that Detroit's offensive line has lacked for too long.
9. LaMichael James, RB, Oregon
Running back may not be the greatest need on Detroit's depth chart, but a prospect like LaMichael James is hard to ignore.
He is as dynamic as a running back can be and at 5'8", 194 lbs, he provides the type of versatility that the Lions have been hoping to get out of Jahvid Best in recent years.
James is not going to be an every-down back in the NFL, but he is an explosive weapon that can add a dangerous element to any backfield.
8. George Iloka, FS, Boise State
George Iloka is not the best defensive back in this year's draft by any stretch of the imagination, but he would be a solid mid-round selection.
He could make an impact immediately if utilized properly.
At 6'4", 225 lbs, he is a bigger safety then most of his fellow prospects and has the speed needed to track down ball-carriers in the open field.
Iloka may be a reach in the second round, but if he remains on the board in the third round, Detroit should definitely consider him.
7. Josh Robinson, CB, UCF
Josh Robinson is projected as a second-to-third-rounder, but after an impressive combine, I would be shocked to see him slip past the second round.
At 5'11'', 199 lbs, Robinson has ideal size to compete at the NFL level and a nice complimentary skill set.
He played in a man defense with the UCF Knights and would have to adjust to the heavy zone schemes employed by the Lions, but his athletic ability and skill are more than enough to make him worthy of a selection.
Johnson is an aggressive playmaker and likely to be one of the best cornerback prospects remaining on the board once the Lions' second-round pick rolls around.
6. Markelle Martin, FS, Oklahoma State
Any help the Lions can find in the secondary would be welcome, and Markelle Martin would be a nice mid-round addition.
At 6'1", 207 lbs, he has good size for the safety position and the length to stay with slot receivers.
Martin is not a flashy player but he will always be around the ball and will never be a liability. Sounds like the kind of guy Detroit could use in the defensive backfield.
Add in the fact that Martin stepped up in the Cowboys' biggest games, and you have a weapon the Lions should take a long look at.
5. Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech
Jayron Hosley is another intriguing cornerback prospect whom is unlikely to still be on the board by the time the Lions announce their pick in the second round.
However, with the surprises this draft has already provided, it is certainly not out of the realm of possibility.
Hosley is a dominant playmaker out of Virginia Tech with the ability to lock down receivers in man coverage.
He reportedly failed a drug test just before the NFL draft, but his skills are undeniable.
At 5'10", 178 lbs, he would not be greatly overmatched by NFL wideouts and brings a tenacity and motor that the Lions secondary desperately needs.
4. Amini Silatolu, OG, Midwestern State
Amini Silatolu is a 6'3", 320-lb beast of an offensive guard.
He comes out of small Midwestern State, but don't let the small school lull you into believing he is not a big-time player.
Silatolu is a great run-blocker that consistently bulldozes opposing defensive lineman.
His competition was obviously not great because of where he played, but Silatolu is an undeniable top-notch prospect.
Detroit needs help on the interior of the line and Silatolu would be a great answer to that problem.
3. Trumaine Johnson, CB, Montana
Trumaine Johnson is 6'2", 204 lbs and was converted from free safety to cornerback early in his collegiate career.
He started all four years at Montana and was named to the All-American team twice.
Johnson has the speed and lateral quickness to compete at the next level.
His versatility is a clear asset as the Lions would be able to move him around the secondary as they saw fit.
Johnson would fill the biggest need on the roster and could make an impact right away.
2. Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
Peter Konz is a player that would have made a ton of sense for the Lions in the first round of the draft, but in the second round of the draft he is a legitimate steal.
Konz is the only center in this year's class that provides the necessary combination of size, skill and athleticism to excel at the next level.
He has decent lateral quickness, can pull with ease and has no trouble handling defenders.
There is little chance of him hanging around the draft board much longer, but if he does, the Lions absolutely must keep him in their sights.
1. Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia
How did Cordy Glenn slip out of the first round?
The odds of him slipping anywhere past the top half of the second round would seem astronomically low, but then again, he wasn't supposed to make it out of Day 1 of the draft, either.
Glenn is one of the premier guards in the entire draft and at 6'6", 345 lbs, he can dominate defensive lineman with ease.
He will have to keep that body weight in check, but whatever team gets their proverbial hands on Glenn will have a great prospect to work with.
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