This isn't exactly a sexy move, but it's a situation where the Lions can take advantage of their current glut of young talent at cornerback.
Yes, you read that correctly: The Detroit Lions have a glut of young talent at cornerback. I'll give you a few seconds to wipe up the coffee you just spat all over your mobile device.
Detroit has eight cornerbacks under age 28 on the roster. That does not include holdover starters Chris Houston and Rashean Mathis. While the collective group hasn't exactly set the NFL world afire with talent, there is a lot of young potential.
Here's how they break out:
- Darius Slay
- Bill Bentley
- Chris Greenwood
All four of these youngsters were drafted in either 2012 or '13. Slay and Bentley are second- and third-round choices, respectively, which indicates fairly high expectations. At the moment, Slay is penciled in at one outside starting spot, while Bentley is the starting slot corner.
Greenwood showed great promise in the '13 finale, finally hinting at why the Lions traded up to get him in the 2012 draft. Green has some regular-season experience, too.
- Cassius Vaughn
- Aaron Hester
- Nate Hess
These four were all free-agents signings this offseason. Vaughn (pictured) started 15 games in the last two seasons for a playoff team in the Indianapolis Colts. Owusu-Ansah was a fourth-round pick by the Cowboys in 2010.
The Lions are not trading Slay, and there's extremely little chance any of the second grouping other than Vaughn has any trade value.
Not all those young bodies are going to make the roster, however. If the Lions take another corner in this draft's first two days, that's one more of these necks on the chopping block.
It makes sense for the Lions to see if they could bring back even a seventh-round pick in return for a player who isn't going to make the team.
Greenwood and Green both have enough potential that some team ought to be willing to pay that price. Bentley could bring back a higher return, though dealing away a 2012 third-rounder for an early sixth-round pick puts a lot of egg on Mayhew's face.
That extra late-round pick could turn into a kicker or a developmental quarterback. Either option stands a better chance of making a lasting impact than the sixth or seventh corner on the depth chart.