Lions nab exciting, but questionable corner

The Detroit Lions picked up where they left off during this weekend's NFL draft, snagging a defensive player with the team's opening choice in day two. The Lions plucked N.C. State cornerback A.J. Davis with the 105th overall selection.

The Detroit Lions picked up where they left off during this weekend's NFL draft, snagging a defensive player with the team's opening choice in day two.

After finishing the first day with a flurry of trades, culminating in the addition of two defensive players -- Hawaii's Ikaika Alama-Francis and Boise State's Gerald Alexnder -- Detroit added defensive back A.J. Davis.

Initially projected to go higher, Davis slid to the Lions at the 105th overall pick in round four. A lightning-quick cornerback, Davis was the 11th corner selected in the draft. One of the knocks on the 5-10, 192-pound player was his strength -- many scouts questioned whether or not Davis has the physical ability to front NFL-sized receivers, and play against the run.

A collegiate teammate of former Lions' safety Terrence Holt (Arizona Cardinals), Davis doesn't believe he'll have an issue competing at the professional level.

"I am willing to do that. In college I wasn't asked to come up and make tackles," he explained. "We played a lot of man coverage, Cover-2, so I really didn't have to support the run. So, I didn't really get the opportunity to show that I could really do that.

"As far as that goes, when it is time to buckle-up and go, I will be ready."

TFY Draft Preview said of Davis during his final season at N.C. State, "Not meeting the high expectations placed upon him last season, Davis is a physically gifted defensive back yet to complete his game. Offers potential as a nickel or dime back, yet must quickly elevate his play."

Davis will be brought in for depth purposes, and while he might see some playing time in certain packages, he will be a reserve for starting corners Stanley Wilson and Fernando Bryant.

The SKINNY ...

- Exclusive Interview with A.J. Davis (Jan. 26, 2007)
- Scout.com Draft File on A.J. Davis

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