Another glaring need, the Detroit Lions are in need of a good cornerback. If Alphonso Smith is your best cornerback that says something about your team. Not to say he's bad, but you definitely need someone better. This year in the draft their is an abundance of CB talent in the 1st and 2nd rounds. Look for them to take one in the second round. If need be, they can trade back in the 1st round, get an extra pick, and then take a cornerback in the late 1st.
Ike Taylor, CB (Pittsburgh)
At 30 years old, Ike Taylor has a good 5 or so years left in the tank. He recorded 66 tackles, 2 INT, 1 forced fumble, a sack, and 11 passes defensed. Ike Taylor isn't a great cornerback, but he is an improvement on the Lions cornerbacks.
Antonio Cromartie, CB (New York Jets)
Cromartie is a big-name, loud mouth player. He likes to say what he wants, and also likes to do whatever he wants. But fortunately for the Lions, he is a good player. With 3 INT, 17 passes defensed, and 42 tackles, he will probably demand somewhat of a large contract.
Champ Bailey, CB (Denver Broncos)
A good thing for the Lions is that Bailey's age may turn off a couple teams. However, he is still only 32. Bailey is a good cornerback, and the Lions could sign him to a 2-3 year contract and have him while he's still good.
Possible Draft Picks
Jimmy Smith, CB (Colorado)
Jimmy Smith is one of the better cover corners in the draft. While he could improve his tackling, that is his main weakness. In fact, it isn't really a weakness, just something that could be improved upon. According to several reports, in man coverage Smith has only allowed 11 completions in the past two seasons. Projects to be a late 1st round/early second round pick.
Brandon Burton, CB (Utah)
Another option for the Lions. Burton isn't as solid as Jimmy Smith. Burton has more trouble defending against the run, and is rather small at 185 pounds. However, he is extremely athletic and very fast. A notable clutch moment was his game saving block on a field goal attempt against BYU that won the game for Utah.