Going into the 2012 NFL draft the Detroit Lions recognized that they were shorthanded at the cornerback position. In the second half of the 2011 season, the Lions had trouble stopping quarterbacks from passing the ball for big plays against them. The ultimate insult came in the final game of the regular season when backup quarterback Matt Flynn torched the Lions secondary for a record setting performance.
Losing Eric Wright as a free agent to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was a blow that made the Lions secondary even worse than it was in 2011. While Wright did not play as well as the Lions had hoped down the stretch, he was a standout performer early in the season. Regardless of what we think of Wright's play, he was a starter and the Lions were not able to replace him with a player of equal talent.
The Lions were strapped by the salary cap and unable to match the offer that Tampa Bay gave to Wright. The Lions settled for signing Jacob Lacey. Is Lacey a replacement for Wright or a step backward?
Knowing that they needed help at the position, the Lions selected three cornerbacks in the 2012 draft, but none of them were selected in the first two rounds. Will they be able to plug the holes for the Lions?
How does Alphonso Smith fit in after his rocky wrap-up to the season?
Do we think that Aaron Berry is a legitimate starting outside corner, or just a pretender?
Unlike other threads where I write a small novel and thoroughly present the issue to you, I am going to take a different approach in this one. I do not want to diminish the debate by saying too much in the original post. Instead, I would like to have a lively debate about whether we feel good about the cornerback situation for the Lions and how we think the position might shake out in camp.
So step right up and toss in your two $0.02!