The Detroit Lions secondary continues to get weaker and thin throughout the 2012 season. This week, the team announced it had placed rookie cornerback Bill Bentley on season ending injured reserve. Bentley has been dealing with an injury since October 14th against the Philadelphia Eagles. Bentley will undergo surgery next week and hope to be ready to go next year for the 2013 Lions.
The Lions drafted Bentley in the 3rd Round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Bentley played his high school football at Pahokee High School in Florida. Bentley was part of a team that won three Florida Class 2A State Championships. Bentley was teammates with Janoris Jenkins, a second round pick of the St. Louis Rams in 2012, and Pernell McPhee, a defensive end for the Baltimore Ravens. Bentley led all defensive backs with 25 tackles in his senior year at Pahokee.
Bentley attended the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Bentley started 10 games as a redshirt freshman. Bentley impressed scouts, and was considered one of the ten best cornerbacks heading into the 2012 Draft. Eight cornerbacks were taken ahead of Bentley, before the Lions took him with their third round pick.
Along with Bentley, the Lions also selected two other cornerbacks in the 2012 NFL Draft. In the fifth round, the Lions took Chris Greenwood from small Albion College in Michigan. The Lions also took Jonte Green, a cornerback from New Mexico State, in the sixth round. Green has nine tackles on the season in two games. In the two games he has played, Green also has a sack and an interception. The Lions secondary was one of the key needs in the offseason, and the Lions drafted three cornerbacks to attempt to fill holes.
Bentley has only played in four games this year, as he sat out with concussion problems. Bentley started at cornerback in three of the four games he participated in. On the season he had 15 tackles for Detroit. In 2013, the Lions will get to see if their third round pick from a small Sun Belt Conference school paid off.