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Alright guys. Stop freaking out.

Everyone's acting like drafting Darius Slay is the second coming of Charles Rogers at the DB position or something. It's not. This kid's a baller. He's fast, he has good size, he's a sure tackler (I personally don't like HOW he tackles, but he gets the job done) and he only has the potential to get better.

To everyone freaking out about his knee, guess what? A meniscus tear is a COMMONPLACE INJURY. If your meniscus tear does not require surgery, with proper physical therapy you can expect a full recovery in 2-3 months. A meniscus is not an ACL.
As to the numbers, let's compare this dude to Dee Milliner:
Dee - 3 years played

Total Tackles - 136 (89 solo, 47 assisted)

Interceptions - 6

Avg. Yds per INT return - 17.8

Forced Fumbles - 2

TDs (ST and INT/FF Rec) - 1

Passes Defended - 41


Darius - 2 years played

Total Tackles - 64 (42 solo, 22 assisted)

Interceptions - 6

Avg. Yds per INT return - 28.8

Forced Fumbles - 1

TDs (ST and INT/FF Rec) - 2

Passes Defended - 16


I'm sorry, but that is NOT a big dropoff in talent. We're getting a guy who can contribute on STs and grades out (in my mind) as well as Dee Milliner, the #1 CB in the draft, and he's had a year less to develop in a top collegiate program. This pick is pretty damn good in my mind, and we still got a kickass guard in round 3.
So step away from the ledge and open your eyes. This draft is playing out pretty well so far. I still want another DE and WR, but so far I'm pretty happy and I think Mr. Slay is gonna potentially be our best corner in a few years.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Pride Of Detroit or its writers.

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