The Lions have a good start to their cornerback situation with Darius Slay entering year one of the four-year extension he signed prior to last season but there are questions on the depth chart behind him. Gareon Conley would give the Lions another option on the outside opposite Slay with some major upside.
With cornerbacks often taking at least a year to develop, much like Slay did, Conley could be depth behind Nevin Lawson as a rookie before taking over in 2018. An even better scenario would have Conley ready to contribute as the number two corner right away, bumping Lawson into the nickelback role – a role he may be better suited for anyway.
Regardless, Lawson is entering the last year of his deal. Quinn showed a propensity for getting ahead of the curve by drafting an offensive line heavy class a year before Riley Reiff and Larry Warford had contracts up, so don’t be surprised to see him grab Conley or another corner who could be ready in case Lawson’s time is up in Detroit.
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