Dwight Bentley #5 of the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns is tackled after making a catch for a first down on a fake punt.
After surprisingly passing up bigger needs for Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Broyles in the second round, the Detroit Lions finally addressed their need for secondary help by selecting Louisiana-Lafayette cornerback Dwight Bentley with the 85th overall pick.
Had the Lions reversed their picks in the second and third rounds, I don't think fans would have been as upset with the Broyles selection. Regardless, at the end of day two of the draft, the Lions will have filled their need for help at cornerback, and they also picked up added depth at wide receiver.
Bentley, according to NFL Network, is the first player from Louisiana-Lafayette to be picked since Charles Tillman in 2003. Mike Mayock said that Bentley raised his stock at the Senior Bowl and has some return skills. His draft profile on NFL.com says that Bentley started all four years in college, and although he is undersized at 5'10", he has good quickness in short movements.
Heading into the final day of the draft, the Lions have filled two big needs with the Riley Reiff and Bentley picks. Also, they have filled the need for some added depth at wide receiver. Granted, that particular need was filled in a surprising way, but at least the Lions did address the lack of depth at cornerback in the third round.
UPDATE: Dwight Bentley goes by Bill, which is his nickname.
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