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The Lions cycle through corners with alarming voracity. While three of the top four corners on the depth chart (Chris Houston, Darius Slay and Bill Bentley) are all under contract through at least 2014, adding a top-shelf cover man could be in the offering.
Detroit could also have interest in bringing in a young, developmental type of corner, especially later in the draft.
Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State
The Spartan standout has the size the Lions covet at 5'11" and about 200 pounds, and he plays bigger than his size.
Dennard thrives in press-man coverage but can also play off-man and press-bail techniques, all of which the Lions utilize at various times.
If he tests well athletically, the Lions would be lucky to get him with their first-round pick. Dennard should be a strong consideration for Detroit's first pick.
Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Nebraska
Jean-Baptiste emerged onto the draft radar with a strong senior season for the Cornhuskers. He's a giant for a corner at 6'2" and a listed 220 pounds.
His effort isn't always there, particularly against the run
Still, he demonstrated very good ball skills and improved field awareness in 2013. He figures to be a fourth-round pick.
Others to consider: Aaron Colvin, Oklahoma (Rounds 2-3); Pierre Desir, Lindenwood (Round 3); Rashaad Reynolds, Oregon State (Rounds 5-6); Lavelle Westbrooks, Georgia Southern (Round 7).
As the Lions have a fairly crowded depth chart and lack the cap room to chase after prominent free agents, the listings here are for inexpensive players who would compete for depth positions.
Should the Lions part ways with Chris Houston—which is highly unlikely as he is owed over $10 million in cap room which would become dead money—this position would certainly rise up the pecking order.
The most obvious player to consider is current Lion Rashean Mathis. He has played pretty well after being signed off the street late in the preseason.
He's 33 and might want a more lucrative payday elsewhere. Yet Mathis is coming off a strong game and fits in well with the locker room mix in Detroit. He's worth keeping, all things being equal.
Players to consider: Walter Thurmond, Seattle; Ellis Lankster, New York Jets; Nolan Carroll, Miami; Aaron Ross, New York Giants.