When polled regarding draft prospects, Detroit Lions’ fans favored the secondary.
Prince Amukamera, Nebraska
Brandon Harris, Miami
Jimmy Smith, Colorado
Patrick Peterson, LSU
Curtis Brown, Texas
Ras-I Dowling, Virginia
Rahim Moore, UCLA
Robert Sands, West Virginia
Brandon Burton, Utah
Lions’ General Manager Martin Mayhew was asked this week what he looks for in terms of cornerbacks. As a former corner, he believes the most important thing is competitiveness.
Mayhew: “Being competitive and not wanting anybody to catch any ball is the difference, I think, between the great ones in this business and the good-to-average ones. All of those guys compete, really play hard and take it personally if somebody catches the ball on him. I think that’s important. All of those guys have different skill sets and different abilities and they all have a chance to play for us.”
Many of the prospects spoke of their competitiveness at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Colorado’s Jimmy Smith had zero interceptions in 2010 after opponent offenses essentially refused to throw at him. He said he had one opportunity to intercept a pass one-handed, but wasn’t able to bring it in.
“After that I got, maybe, about three passes thrown my way for the rest of the season,” he said.
That being said, Smith isn’t shying away from being “picked on” as an NFL rookie.
“I can’t wait. I want to be in the game,” he said. “I didn’t get thrown at much in college. I know the NFL is definitely going to test me – I’m excited about that.”
UCLA’s Rahim Moore also dealt with offenses avoiding him in 2010. Moore had 10 interceptions in 2009, but had just one last season.
“A lot of time teams wouldn’t throw at me,” he said. “I had to switch my game up, play more of a strong safety type. In our system, a free safety has to be a strong safety and a strong safety has to be a free. I mixed it up, showed teams I can be physical down in the box and be an overall football player.”
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