Detroit's late round picks ready to work

Despite falling into the latter part of the draft, team's rookies are eager to prove they belong.

The Lions added more young prospects to their back seven with the selections of cornerback Jonte Green in the sixth round (196th overall) and linebacker Travis Lewis in the seventh round (223rd overall) on the final day of the 2012 NFL draft.  

Green was a three-year starter for New Mexico State, where he compiled 70 tackles and 14 pass break ups in his senior season.

Green is a strong tackler – an endearing quality in cornerbacks from the perspective of the Lions – who had dedicated himself to the goal of adding strength to his 6-foot frame.

“I just went harder in the weight room and worked with our strength and conditioning coach,” said Green.  “I took a serious leap and I was able to put on some weight. I haven't lost any of that speed."

Green now tips the scales at 191 pounds and still believes that his speed is his strongest asset. 

As a sixth-round pick, Green is not a polished prospect and will need to work with the Lions coaching staff in an effort to be game ready for the NFL.  Green believes that he will need to put the most work in zone coverage.

"I played man-to-man in college so I need to learn to play different covers like zone, cover 3, cover 2,” said Green.  “It's not always going to be man-to-man in the NFL – especially switching up my schemes and my technique."

Lewis comes to the Lions as a an outside linebacker prospect after a very productive collegiate career from Oklahoma – the third Sooner, and second with the last name of Lewis, the Lions drafted this year.

Lewis missed 2011’s season opener with a broken foot, which appeared to impact his play throughout the year and could have ultimately impacted his draft status.  

The slide doesn’t seem to matter to Lewis, who is happy to prove he deserved a better placement in the draft.

"I'm just happy to be drafted. I'm happy to have this opportunity," he said. "A big mantra for me is, it's not where you get drafted it's what you do after you get drafted. I feel like I was one of the top linebackers in the draft and now I just got to go out and prove it."

A little extra motivation never hurt.

"Absolutely there's a chip (on my shoulder),” said Lewis. “All I can think about is I have two weeks to get into the best shape of my life and show up at mini-camp ready to roll."

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