Every cornerback position is wide open.
Detroit has no set No. 1 or 2, no nickel, dime, or any other type of cornerback.
They did, however, bring in a lot of new bodies to compete.
The starting spots will be a battle between the old and new.
Rookie Amari Spievey would be the ideal candidate to step right in and take a strong handle on at least the No. 2 spot.
For the Iowa Hawkeyes last season, Spievey showed solid cornerback skills. He is a solid tackler who plays receivers very physically.
The question mark on him has been speed. If he can overcome speed with a solid mental game and being in the right place, it won't matter.
Fourth year cornerbacks Chris Houston and Jonathan Wade were also brought in.
Houston, a three-year starter for the Atlanta Falcons, has the edge. He is another physical corner who has solid starting experience.
Houston, however, has never been much of a ballhawk or one to intercept passes. He must prove his aggressive style will not disappear.
Houston has good speed, but doesn't always utilize it correctly. It might be a mental thing where Houston must figure out the best ways to use it.
Houston isn't always known as the greatest tackler and that is another area he must improve.
Wade, on the other hand, has been a three-year backup cornerback. He is most likely to fill a nickel or dime role. Wade is different in that he has a lot of speed.
Wade's lack of starting experience might not matter as most the players are starting with a clean slate. Wade must prove he can tackle and play physical to go along with his speed.
Now, the mystery man, Dre Bly.
The former Detroit Lions playmaker has returned. At age 33, Bly must prove he can still make plays.
The aggressive cornerback has more experience than the other three combined. He has proven to be a ballhawk and make big plays. Last season, Bly had three interceptions and forced two fumbles for the 49ers.
Bly has also proven he can gamble and lose big as well. Bly is convinced he can still play and start.
If none of the young guys can step up, the coaching staff and Bly would have no problem filling in a starter's role.
The final player to watch is eight-year veteran Dante Wesley. He has only started two career games and won't be in the mix for the main starting spots. He will, however, have a chance at playing time in nickel and dime situations.
Wesley is a hard hitter, but the Lions hope he is only needed in a special teams role.