It's been widely reported that the Detroit Lions are looking to bolster their secondary by taking safeties and, more likely, cornerbacks in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Starting Thursday, the Lions will execute those picks and hope to land a cornerstone pass-stopper. South Carolina's Stephon Gilmore and Alabama's Dre Kirkpatrick seem to be the two players the Lions are most interested in, or the two they're most likely to take, according to multiple mock drafts.
However, if the Lions don't get Gilmore or Kirkpatrick, perhaps a just-as-serviceable corner will be waiting in the second round: Central Florida's Josh Robinson, who ran the fastest 40-yard dash at the combine in a blazing 4.33 seconds (4.29 unofficial). He also posted the longest broad jump at 11-feet and 1-inch and had the second-highest vertical at 38.5 inches.
Robinson is the sixth-ranked corner in this year's draft, according to Walter Football. He's projected as a second to third-rounder, but his impressive combine could make him a target in the second round -- maybe even at the 22nd pick, which belongs to the Lions.
At 5-11 and 199 pounds, Robinson has the size most NFL teams look for in a corner. Further emphasizing his skill set was the fact he flourished in a man-defense with the UCF Knights, finishing with 48 tackles, 15 pass break-ups and two picks.
He's athletic and aggressive enough to handle receivers at the NFL level.
The Lions are going to take a cornerback -- that's all but a given. Will they roll the dice on Robinson, who unlike several others in the draft, doesn't seem to have character issues looming overhead? Detroit hasn't taken a corner in the first round since 1998, when it selected Terry Fair.
The 2012 draft has options when it comes to cornerbacks; so many that ESPN analyst Todd McShay feels there is little difference in the skill sets of first- or second-rounders -- maybe even beyond.
"I think the depth is great," McShay said. "I think you can almost get the same quality player in the third round as you can get in the second."
Adam Biggers has followed the National Football League for over 20 years, specifically the Detroit Lions. He can be found on Twitter @AdamBiggers81.
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