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Detroit Lions Strengthen Secondary With Versatile DeQuan Menzie of Alabama

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The Detroit Lions have strengthened their secondary with the waiver pick-up of DeQuan Menzie. With secondary being one of the team’s major 2012 weaknesses, the team has put a lot of attention on that area and is hoping for success in 2013.

Menzie was a fifth round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. Menzie spent all last season on the injured reserve and was released by the Chiefs. The Lions like the versatility of Menzie, in his ability to play both safety and cornerback.

After two years in junior college, Menzie played for Alabama University. At Alabama, Menzie helped the Crimson Tide win the 2011 BCS National Championship and was also named an All-American by the coaches in his senior season. As a senior, Menzie started all 12 games, recording 37 tackles, three tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and an interception returned for a touchdown.

Prior to the 2012 NFL Draft, Menzie was ranked as the 17th best cornerback by Walter Football. The site said Menzie had a poor Scouting Combine showing, but redeemed himself at his team’s Pro Day. Menzie also had a strong showing in the Senior Bowl and did well in big matchups where teams targeted him over number one cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick.

The Lions took several cornerbacks in the 2012 NFL Draft, including Chris Greenwood of Albion with pick #148. This came only two picks after the Chiefs took Menzie. I’m guessing that Menzie was on the Lions board and the team is more than familiar with what he brings to the organization.

Chris Katje is the featured Detroit Lions writer for Rant Sports. Follow Chris on Twitter or Google Plus.