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Detroit Lions select Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi, 36th overall

The Detroit Lions got younger in the secondary, drafting Darius Slay out of Mississippi with the 65th pick.

The Detroit Lions got younger in the secondary, drafting Darius Slay out of Mississippi with the 36th pick.

With the 36th pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Detroit Lions selected cornerback Darius Slay out of Mississippi State. Detroit has needed to reinforce its secondary for some time, and Slay should do just that.

Bio

A native of Georgia, Slay attended Brunswick High School, where he played both sides of the ball at running back and defensive back. In 2008, he rushed for over 1,300 yards and 15 touchdowns and intercepted six passes, returning two for touchdowns. As a sophomore, he put up 1,127 yards on 142 rushes with 13 touchdowns. His junior season was shortened by an MCL tear after he had rushed for 562 yards and six touchdowns in just five games. He was named All-State by the the Atlanta Journal-Constitution at defensive back following his senior season and was also chosen for the Georgia North-South All-Star Game.

Slay also lettered in basketball and was a standout in the 100- and 200-meter sprints. Slay went to junior college for two years before attending Mississippi State his final two years. He started last year opposite of fellow second-round pick cornerback Johnathan Banks. At the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, he put up 14 reps on the bench-press event, posted a 35.5-inch vertical jump, and completed the three-cone drill in 6.9 seconds.

How he fits in

Slay will battle veteran Ron Bartell and the three prospects drafted in 2012 for the No. 2 cornerback spot from day one. He has good speed (4.36 seconds in the 40-yard dash) and height (six feet) but is slender at 192 lbs. With his big hands and long arms, he does a good job breaking up passes. He is also a physical tackler with speed who can stick in the back pocket of receivers.

Grade: B+

The secondary has been a weakness for Detroit, but it may become a new strength with Chris Houston and Slay at the corners and safeties Louis Delmas and Glover Quin in the back end. The major concern with this selection is Slay’s torn meniscus; fortunately, it will not require surgery to repair. If Slay can use his size, speed and ball skills at the next level, he will be an asset for the Lions.

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JVince 11
JVince 11

I think Nick Perry will have 8-10 sacks this season... 

LambeauOrWrigley
LambeauOrWrigley

List of undrafted rookies signed by TT

Lane Taylor, OL, Oklahoma State

Angelo Pease, RB, Kansas State

Matt Brown, QB, Illinois State
Ben Ericksen, S, Illinois State
Gilbert Pena, DT, Mississippi
Jake Stoneburner, TE, Ohio State
Patrick Lewis, C, Texas A&M
Miles White, WR, Louisiana Tech
Andy Mulumba, OLB/DE, Eastern Michigan
Jeremy Vujnovich, T, Louisiana College (this may be a tryout)

Ryan Roberson, F, of Texas.

JVince 11
JVince 11

Bleacherreport says that Freeney to Detroit is still very possible.... LKP...

JVince 11
JVince 11

I just heard on a radio station that GB is bringing in Safety Quinton Mikell for a visit?  

JVince 11
JVince 11

49ers are paying their Punter Andy Lee 4.05M this season... wow.

JVince 11
JVince 11

Fuck... Seattle has Will Blackmon, Brett Swain, and Breno Giacomini on their team...


They are giving Minny a run for their money as biggest TT teet suckers.

JVince 11
JVince 11

Seattle only has 5.9M in cap space right now... I don't think they will be extending anyone else this off season.

LKP
LKP

Vkings have Allen, Robison, Cook, Griffen, Kevin Williams, Charlies Johnson, Gerhart, AJ Jefferson as free agents next year.

JVince 11
JVince 11

Quick poll without someone cheating.... who has the highest Salary of the entire Seahawks roster for next season?

JVince 11
JVince 11

Packers 2014 UFAs...

Finley, Pickett, Raji, J. Jones, Kuhn, Shields (currently), Burnett, Quarless, Newhouse, EDS, M. Neal, Mulligan, Francois, Starks, and CJ Wilson...

Bye Finley, Pickett, Kuhn, Quarless, Newhouse, Francois, and Starks...

JVince 11
JVince 11

I am shocked that Minnesota has kept TE John Carlsson around.. the guy will make 2.55M this year and then jump to 5M, and then 6M and 6M for the remaining parts of his contract... yo uare telling me you couldn't let him walk or restructure in order to keep Winfield??? wtf.

JVince 11
JVince 11

Bushrod goes 7.3M to 8M to 8.7M to 8.9M...

Bennett goes 6M to 6.12M to 6.3M

Peppers goes 16.2M to 17.1M to 19.9M

Marshall stays at 9.3M

Cutler is at 10.37M

Melton makes 8.45M

Tillman makes 8M

Briggs goes from 7.4M to 6.5M

Forte goes 7.3M to 7.6M to 8.8M

Jennings makes 5.1M

M. Bush makes 3.55M, 3.85M, and then 4.6M

adambballn
adambballn

Apparently it's Jay Cutler's birthday today.

JVince 11
JVince 11

Chicago only has 3.9M in cap space right now to sign their draft picks...

natesweet
natesweet moderator

Must go to work. Talk to you guys later.

JVince 11
JVince 11

I didn't realize how many bigger name UFA's that Chicago has after this season...


Tillman, Cutler, Jennings, Melton, J. Anderson, Garza, Gould, J. Webb, D. Williams, Wootton, and M. Wright


GOD DAMN!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Childerz...
Childerz...

If a guy came out as Gay in Hockey he'd still be straighter than the straightest soccer player. 

JVince 11
JVince 11

I am just really looking forward to seeing Nelson, Jones, and Cobb all being about 85+ rated... seeing Lacey and Franklin in that backfield with the burner Harris behind them for certain sub packages... 

Get to see a guy like Perry lining up along the line.. I always HATED Walden, Zombo, Jones over there.. they just sucked.. I couldn't even put it on easy and get sacks with them... haha

Bishop and the hit stick was just sick... 

Get to see Hayward line up in the slot... and McMillin realy came on late in the year too I think.  I like him low in the box more than MD Jennings up high...

Childerz...
Childerz...

I also forgot that Kluwe has a base salary of 1.4 Million and is 31 years old.... idiot. easily disposable. 

JVince 11
JVince 11

I just can't wait to get Madden 14... I bought NCAA only last year... That roster is going to be so awesome with all the rookies and roster turn over... 


Literally every position in the last 2 years has gotten a new player that is making waves...

adambballn
adambballn

Metta World Peace on Collings coming out...

"Whether it's a free country or not, you should be free to act as you want to do as long as it's not violent. No matter what it is. I came here in a Cookie Monster shirt because I wanted to, and I was going to wear the pants. But I thought you guys were going to judge me. I was going to wear the hat too. But I thought you guys would judge me. I didn't want Mitch [Kupchak] to judge me. So that's why I didn't wear the hats and the pants. But I should've wore it. You should be free to do and act how you want to act."

JVince 11
JVince 11

This Josh Boyd... big boy DT from Mississippi State... he has some nice highlights and games out there...


there was a lot of talk of when teams were watching film on Fletcher Cox last year.. that they all really liked Boyd.

Childerz...
Childerz...

soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo now the Vikings are Taking Lions throw offs... Jesus H Christ. 

BearsSaveLives
BearsSaveLives moderator

HA! Holy shit, I was looking for details on Rodgers' OLD contract and found some fucking gems from Packers fans...

"Who is blowing who. Ya think maybe wait till the end of the season,
to see how he plays in the cold and when the games mean something.
The Pack is on Crack..TT must come from the same mold of the Raiders
owner.For Rogers I hope he doesn't fall on the ground and get hurt again.What a mess..Super Bowl chance and now lucky if we win a game..Thanks for nothing Packers.."

JVince 11
JVince 11

Based on Potential.........


I think that GB's defense is going to be largely improved with Nick Perry's edge setting.. Datone Jones's inside pressure.. and most importantly IMO is Desmond Bishop returning as a pressure and he was our best coverage LB too.

natesweet
natesweet moderator

looks like I'm having PB&J with potato chips sandwich for lunch.

JVince 11
JVince 11

When does the season begin... FUCK!!!!!

JVince 11
JVince 11

GB is still 13.25M under the salary cap right now......


WOW.

Childerz...
Childerz...

Chris Kluwe saying he's getting cut because of his activism...... biggest LOL of the day on my end 

JVince 11
JVince 11

GB is reportedly still working on a 3 year deal with Sam Shields... the deal could be worth 3.5M per season.

Maized and Confused
Maized and Confused moderator

The Like Me Page is Rourke's version of a concentration camp for posts. He's one step away from the gas chambers people!

JVince 11
JVince 11

That moment when you realize that the top 10 paid players on your team includes....


Tramon Williams, AJ Hawk, Mason Crosby, and Jermichael Finley..

http://imgur.com/8TkeYTe

FUCK!

TheBaskett
TheBaskett

love how my football post on a football webiste gets zzzzzz.. but a hungry kitten gets likes.. this place is going to the cats and dogs.. laterz

Maized and Confused
Maized and Confused moderator

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