Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
Candidates: Darius Slay, Bill Bentley, Chris Greenwood, Jonte Green, Ron Bartell
Though there are technically a bunch of potential quality candidates for this job, the Lions probably already have it down to two or three.
It's hard to say anything for sure, but there's a good chance the Lions have this bunch narrowed down quite a bit more. Still, it's impossible to say who the Lions are seriously looking at for this starting job.
Bartell is the veteran of the group, and while he's the most experienced, he also got cut by the Oakland Raiders, which is a pretty damning indictment.
Slay and Greenwood are by far the most physically talented of the bunch but also the least experienced. They are more likely to earn that starting spot over time than immediately out of training camp (if at all).
Green has the most game experience of any of the candidates outside of Bartell, as late-season injuries forced the sixth-round pick into action far before he was intended to see any. He struggled early on but showed visible improvement by the end of the season.
Bentley might be the best blend of youth, experience and talent, but he only played in four games last season before being injured, and being that he's smaller than the other corners in question, he might end up a better fit at the increasingly important slot cornerback position.
That's an important thing to remember about this battle: Whoever doesn't win isn't necessarily a "loser." Teams are increasingly looking for cornerback help as deep as they can, because as the league continues to attack through the air en masse, third and fourth cornerbacks are getting increased playing time.
So really, this is a battle all the way down the depth chart.