This is another example of a good value pick that also helps fill a position where there is definite need for an upgrade.
The Lions have been struggling to find cornerbacks ever since I can remember, and even after last year's splurge in the late rounds, the roster lacks talent at the position.
While I can understand not investing a high draft pick in a cover-man scheme in the hopes that Jonte Green, Bill Bentley or Chris Greenwood will turn into a starter this season or next, when it comes to day three, the Lions need to pull the trigger if a good cornerback falls to them.
Given the depth at the position this year, that is a very real possibility.
With prospects like DJ Hayden and Tyrann Mathieu quickly shedding their red flags in the past few weeks, the cornerback position has become even deeper and could even be the deepest spot in the draft.
Even in the fourth round, there are a few cornerbacks who have legitimate starter potential in the first few years of their NFL contracts with one of those players being Blidi Wreh-Wilson.
Wreh-Wilson is a long, athletic cornerback who embodies the new prototype for the position. He stands 6'1", has 32" arms, and weighed in at 195 pounds at the scouting combine.
Despite his height, he is a fast player with the burst to close quickly on a wide receiver. His has the sub-4.0 speed in the 40-yard dash to stay in the hip pocket of all but the most dangerous of vertical threats. He can also jump 36", which further accentuates his length as he has all the tools to be a lock-down player on the outside.
Wreh-Wilson's flaws are his lack of feel for man coverage. Despite having decent flexibility and ideal measureables to lock down big wide receivers one-on-one, he too often gets out of position and fails to locate the ball to contest passes.
While he could develop that in time, the potential for him to never be a great at man-coverage could drop him down the draft boards. Wreh-Wilson also really struggles to disengage from blocks and make tackles in the run game. While he has the size to get better at that, it will probably never be a strength of his game.
He is, however, a very solid zone cornerback who can press at the line and that fits the Lions' current scheme. He is long and strong in jamming receivers and as he refines his technique, he should get better at disrupting patterns at the line of scrimmage. He also has the instincts, burst and length to shine in zone coverage.
Wreh-Wilson has the potential to be a very solid number two cornerback in a press-zone heavy defense. This is exactly what the Lions run and why this seems like a very good value pick for the third day of the draft.