NFL Draft: Top five Cornerback prospects for the Detroit Lions

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Eric Rowe, CB, Utah

Sep 20, 2014; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines wide receiver

Devin Funchess

(1) is hit by Utah Utes defensive back

Eric Rowe

(18) in the first quarter at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Rowe is a prospect that’s been rising ever since the NFL combine.  His 6-1 205 lbs frame is huge for a corner and combine that with his ability to cover receivers, it’s obvious why he’s been climbing on draft boards for the past couple of months.

He’s also a hard nosed player, in that he’s not afraid to rush inside and try to stop the run.

Rowe recorded 261 total tackles, seven tackles for loss, 36 pass deflections and three interceptions in his four-year career at Utah.  He also played safety up to last year, which gives him versatility in the secondary.

Other than the typical negatives when getting a corner (lack of speed, problems with double moves, etc.), he has the size and potential to be an NFL starter.

As for the Lions, they should pounce on him as soon as possible.  If they wait until the second round, they’ll be playing with fire as he’s a likely late first round-early second round pick.

Like other writers on Detroit Jock City have already said, selecting Rowe would be a step in the right direction for the Lions.  Rowe can bring a physicality and tough coverage that the Lions need at cornerback, while giving them versatility at safety if contract issues with James Ihedigbo are still occurring during the pre-season.