Great impact players Detroit could pick up in later rounds
With the off-season additions like vanden-bosch, williams, and houston, the Detroit Lions look to have a good grasp of what it takes to re-build a team. My biggest hope is that they decide to pick the best player in the draft this year by selecting Suh with the second overall pick. It would solidify the defense and give opposing teams something to worry about for years to come. Now, with the second overall pick out of the way, there are rumours swirling the web that the Lions should trade down with their 34th pick. Whether they do or they don't, the defense still needs addressed in the cornerback and safety positions. So, with all that being said, here are a few players I think would be great additions in the later rounds. Enjoy and feel free to leave a comment.
CB- Brian Jackson- Projected round:6
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 202 | College: Oklahoma
Lions GM Martin Mayhew, showed up Tuesday morning in Norman for OU's pro day. Jackson had a 4.60 40, a 38.0 vertical jump and a 10-1 broad jump.
This kid has to be the best corner in the Big 12. He's big. Plays the run physically. Blankets receivers in coverage and shows great recognition when the offense runs the same play.
Jackson shows great fit as a press corner. Effective getting a jam on receivers, Has the size to be an effective run stopper and is a solid wrap-up tackler on the edge. Jackson was selected All-Big 12 Conference Second Team in 2009 as voted on by the Big 12 coaches. He finished 6th on defense with 47 total tackles/35 solo, 4 interceptions and 8 passes broken up in 2009. Jackson is projected to go in the 6th round, he can also play the safety position as well as special teams. With his versatility; Jackson could fill several holes if need on defense and would be a steal in the 6th round if he's still there.
CB- Devin Ross - Projected round 6th or 7th
Devin Ross (5-foot-10 1/8, 183)Ross had 74 tackles, 3.0 TFL, 1 interception and 11 PBUs. Selected All-Pac-10 Conference Honorable Mention for the 2009 college football season, and was the most active defender for the Wildcats in 2009. He has average height but is an excellent athlete with good speed and quickness for the position. He has the athleticism to be an effective man and zone coverage defender at the next level. He has good hips and can turn and run to stay with receivers in and out of their break points. Ross had the second highest vertical among CB's at the combine. Ross isn't projected to go until the later rounds, but still has great potential to be a good CB, and would be viable option in the 6th-7th round.
SS- Reshad Jones - Projected round 2cnd/3rd round
O.K. I know Jones is not going to be around for the later rounds, but i really like this player. He is perfect for teaming up with Delmas to shut down the backfield. Projected to go in the second/third round. Knowing that Suh will be selected in the first round, a LT will probaly be the second round pick, Jones would be the best talent on the board in the start of the third round. Rarely out of position, even if fooled initially. Ballhawk who keeps his eyes trained on the quarterback and has the burst to close on underneath routes. Jones possesses great overall size, height and bulk for the strong safety position. Has good athleticism and top-end speed. Has the strength and toughness necessary to effectively come up in run support. The best part about him: He hits HARD!
SS- Kendrick Lewis - Projected round 7th/FA
6'0'', 198 pounds, 30 1/2 inch arm length, 8 5/8 inch hand size.
Ranked 10th in the SEC in passes defended (0.92 pg) and 20th in tackles 6.5 pg) … Lead the team in tackles (84), solo stops (57), forced fumbles (3) and blocked kicks (2) … Tied for the team lead in interceptions (2) and was second in pass break-ups (10) … Posted two double-digit tackle performances and two more games with nine stops.
Good awareness for coverage. Reads the quarterback and has a burst to close on the ball. Aggressively supports the running game, but is a disciplined defender not easily fooled by play-action and misdirection. Sound zone defender that keeps on eye on underneath routes and maintains his discipline in his deep responsibilities.isn't easily fooled by play-action, but closes quickly once he sees the play is a run. Good vision and functional speed and closes to make plays near the line of scrimmage. Avoids blockers with good lateral agility and balance. Good team defender. Willing to take out the legs of the oncoming blocker to allow his teammates the tackle opportunity. Takes good angles in pursuit, Reliable open-field tackler; provides a solid last line of defense. Brings his hips and tackles through the ballcarrier to hit emphatically. Willing to take on a bigger ballcarrier with no hesitation. Plays FS, but I think he could make the play at SS with some guidence.
Became the sixth Rebel all-time to lead the team in tackles in consecutive years. Voted a team captain in 2009. Although Lewis is projected to go in the 7th round and maybe even a free agent. He would be a player to pick up in the seventh, and you never know; he could turn out to be Mr. irrelevant himself.
SS- Morgan Burnett - Projected round 7th/FA
His ball skills are good and show the ability to make plays in traffic. Burnett is a solid safety prospect His 2009 production (85 tackles, 48 solos and four interceptions) was solid, and the playmaking Burnett proved that his sophomore season was no fluke. His 14 career interceptions rank second in Georgia Tech history. He tied for the national lead with seven interceptions, led the Yellow Jackets in total tackles (93) and solo tackles (62) and earned All-American honors. Reliable instincts for the position. Diagnoses the play and accelerates quickly to the ball, showing little wasted motion. Understands his role as the last line of defense and takes good angles to limit the damage. Quick, active hands to fight with the receiver as the ball arrives. An intimidating presence over the middle. At 6'2'', 209 pounds has great size and ability to be a reliable safety.