Even with talented CBs, Lions should add help through draft
- Darius Slay has been a known commodity, grading in the top 20 at his position for three consecutive seasons including a career-best 87.0 overall grade in 2015.
- In 2016 Slay graded as the 17th-best corner (83.4 overall) in the NFL. His 11.6 cover snaps per reception allowed also ranked 17th as well as his 0.97 yards allowed per coverage snap.
- Nevin Lawson’s play elevated in 2016, grading as the 37th-best corner (77.1 overall) out of 111 corners that played at least 325 snaps.
- Lawson’s 0.82 yards allowed per coverage snap ranked eighth among CBs. His 12.6 cover snaps per reception allowed ranked 12th.
- Quandre Diggs (49.5 overall grade) ranked 95th among 111 corners and D.J. Hayden (48.6) ranked 96th).
- The remaining five CBs on the roster played just 345 snaps last season combined. Alex Carter, Charles Washington, and Ian Wells have yet to see the field at all.
- This draft is rich with top cornerback prospects. 18 of PFF’s top 100 are corners.
- The Lions hosted PFF’s No. 40 overall player Teez Tabor for a pre-draft visit. Tabor allowed an NFL passer rating of just 41.2 over the past three years.