Rick Osentoski, US PRESSWIRE
April 27, 2012
Protecting Matt Stafford was the Lions' top priority and by standing pat and waiting for versatile offensive lineman Riley Reiff (above) to slip down to them, Detroit helped in that regard. The team pulled a surprise with Oklahoma wideout Ryan Broyles in the second round but he's a polished route-runner who could prove a bigger long-term help to Stafford and superstar Calvin Johnson than last year's second-round pick, Titus Young. With no cornerbacks signed past the 2012 season, the Lions were fortunate to find Louisiana-Lafayette's Dwight Bentley available to them in the third. His competitiveness and physicality stood out at the Senior Bowl. He's the most likely of the three cornerbacks Detroit selected (joined by Albion's Chris Greenwood and New Mexico State's Jonte Green) to make an impact as a rookie. Detroit spent just as much attention at outside linebacker with three players -- Oklahoma teammates Ronnell Lewis and Travis Lewis and Temple's Tahir Whitehead --- who could surprise.