Lions Select CB Darius Slay with the 36th Pick

Darius Slay  is the pick for the Lions in the second round as the Lions continue to bolster their defense.  Slay is a height/weight/speed guy with a lot of natural athleticism.  Most importantly for the Lions, he has very good ball skills.  He is capable of turning and locating the ball without losing the receiver and/or committing penalties.  Slay has ideal size for the position as well as very long arms which gives him an advantage when jamming receivers or breaking up passes.  Slay also is an above average tackler, which is extremely important for the Lions.

On the downside, Slay is less developed than some of the other corners that were available to the Lions in this slot.  He only spent two seasons at Mississippi St so he needs work on his technique and film study.  He is somewhat prone to play fakes and sometimes doesnt diagnose the play as fast as he should.

Slay does have a little bit of a medical concern involving his knee, some teams were worried enough about it to drop him while some don’t think it’s a big deal.  Unfortunately, the Lions seem to have terrible luck with medical issues, so keep an eye on that.

Overall, Slay is an elite physical prospect that needs to be developed.  He will be able to come in and play right away and he has a lot of room to grow as a player.  As long as the medical situation checks out, this is a good pick for the Lions.


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