The Lions drafted cornerback Darius Slay (Mississippi State) in the second round and followed it with guard Larry Warford (Kentucky) in the third round. Both could compete for a starting spot.
Here’s what a few NFL draft experts had to say on Slay:
— NFL Network Mike Mayock: "They had an offensive tackle and corner need. Kind of an interesting pick. There are rumors, and I've confirmed it, that he's had a meniscus problem in his knees, causing a lot of teams to worry whether he'd be ready for training camp."
— ESPN: “What he brings: Slay has an above-average combination of size, feet and top-end speed. He can hold up on an island in man coverage, and flashes the ability to manufacture turnovers in pass defense. However, Slay is a juco transfer with limited experience, and he is still raw in terms of instincts and will lose position at times as a result.’’
And what they said on Warford:
— NFL Network Mike Mayock: "This is one of my favorite football players in the draft. Every tape I put on, he was dominant. He's square and stout. I've been waiting for this kid to go, and in Detroit, you can't be so one dimensional, and this kid is going to help."
— ESPN: What he brings: Warford lacks elite athleticism and foot quickness, but he is a mauler on the inside and has enough short-area agility and inline power to open holes when locked up in a phone booth. He is exactly what you're looking for in a guard in terms of size, mass and strength.
For both picks:
— Rob Rang, The Sports Xchange/CBSsports.Com: Quietly a solid second day for the Lions with the addition of a highly athletic cover corner in Darius Slay and earth-mover Larry Warford. Grade: B-