With their second pick of the 2013 NFL Draft and the 36th overall selection, the Detroit Lions have selected Mississippi State cornerback Darius Slay. This means that the Lions have used their first two picks on defensive players, as they took defensive end Ezekiel Ansah in the first round on Thursday night.
Slay, who ran the fastest 40-yard dash time of all the cornerbacks at the combine (4.36), was surprisingly picked ahead of teammate Johnthan Banks. Many believed that Banks was going to be the first pick of the second round, but Slay was taken before him.
At Mississippi State, Slay had 5 interceptions and 40 total tackles in 2012. A year earlier, he recorded 24 total tackles and 1 interception.
It's worth noting that Slay tore the meniscus in his right knee earlier this offseason, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. While Slay reportedly looked "great" in a workout, NFL Network's Mike Mayock mentioned that there are concerns over whether Slay will actually be ready for training camp. Considering Slay visited the Lions and they decided to take him this early, I'm hoping those concerns will end up being overblown.
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