Lions' 2011 Draft: Reminders of Why Detroit Needs Help in the Secondary

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Lions' 2011 Draft: Reminders of Why Detroit Needs Help in the Secondary
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I listened carefully when Ndamukong Suh stated that the Detroit Lions could go 16-0 this season if they just kept their work ethic and stayed healthy.  But even Suh felt that the team could use a little help.

Ndamukong Suh and Joe Haden, cornerback for the Cleveland Browns, recently both spoke about how to stop this year's Super Bowl QBs (Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger) from making big plays. 

You notice they didn't ask any of the Detroit Lions cornerbacks the same question.  But I'm sure there was a good reason for that.

I also heard when Nate Burleson said that the Lions "gave away about another five games" last season which would have improved their record to 11-5 instead of 6-10.

There have been many fans and analysts taking the Lions, as a team, apart and looking at where things went wrong in order to figure out where they needed to improve.  The general consensus has been that the Lions have to upgrade their secondary, but most notably, at the cornerback position.

I will admit, that as a Lions fan, I have stood firmly by Chris Houston and Alphonso Smith, Detroit's current primary cornerbacks.  Every time the secondary has been taken apart by analysts looking at the draft needs of the Detroit Lions, I continued to say that Houston and Smith were our guys. 

After reviewing last season's games more closely, I can see why the Lions need to seriously look at cornerback as a position of need.

It has occurred to me that I may have been guilty of not setting the bar high enough for Detroit. 

The Lions are a team that has recently learned how to win again.  This change in climate has led me to ask myself some tough questions like, is it possible that I have settled for "good enough" instead of what is best for the team's continued growth? 

Have I become one of those fans who attributes more potential to the secondary than is actually there?  Could it be that I see "mediocre" or "slightly above average" as a step-up?

As difficult as it is to admit, it is possible.

I love the Detroit Lions like everyone else who bleeds Honolulu Blue and Silver.  I want them to be the best team they can be.  It is with this in mind that I have to reconsider my initial position and advocate for an upgrade at cornerback.

This article will outline why the Lions need to do whatever it takes to get a guy like Prince Amukamara in the draft, for the good of the team.

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