It is no surprise to anyone that the Detroit Lions are in need of upgrades to their much maligned secondary. Expect South Carolina’s Stephon Gilmore and Alabama’s Dre Kirkpatrick to be in the Lions sights in tonight’s first round of the 2012 NFL draft.
Detroit will need some help if they are to get one of these two talented young corner-backs. Gilmore and Kirkpatrick fit the needs of other teams slotted ahead of the Lions so Detroit will need both players to fall to them at the 23rd pick.
Martin Mayhew has kept quiet about what the teams true intentions are with the 23rd pick, but everybody knows that Detroit has some significant weaknesses with the corner-backs currently on the roster.
Detroit is in uncharted territory here as the team has its lowest pick in two decades. The Lions have been a constant in the top 10 or top five of drafts for the past decade so the team really needs to do its homework to address needs in the secondary and along the offensive line.
If the team fails to land one of the two corners listed above do not be surprised if the Lions do address that offensive line need. Offensive tackle Jonathan Martin from Stanford is a real possibility with the 23rd pick if Detroit cannot upgrade the corner position.