Thursday, January 24, 2013
Detroit's CB plan
By Tim Kavanagh
The Detroit Lions are losing a handful of starters from their 2012 squad this offseason unless they re-sign them, and that cohort includes CB Chris Houston. Though the team likes what they have in some of their young options -- including rising second-year pro Bill Bentley, who was a starter at times -- it's possible that they'll use a high draft pick in order to help fill the vacancy that would be created if Houston signs elsewhere.
The good news is that Jim Schwartz and his staff are getting a good look at some of the draftable CB options this week at the Senior Bowl. Though some of the top options -- like Alabama's Dee Milliner -- are not there (Milliner is a junior), the Lions have been able to get a first-hand look at these athletes perform, as well as conduct interviews. According to the Detroit Free Press, the Lions have spoken with UConn's Blidi Wreh-Wilson, along with his teammate Dwayne Gratz and Washington's Desmond Trufant.
If Mel Kiper Jr.'s vision of the draft plays out on opening night, Milliner will be the only CB off the board when the Lions' first pick comes up at No. 5 overall. Adding a CB there may be the right call.