With the no. 97 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions select Cam Taylor-Britt.
I feel like the Detroit Lions are getting an excellent prospect here with cornerback Cam Taylor-Britt. The Nebraska product is a hard-hitting, tackling machine. Generally, cornerbacks are not exactly eager to help in the run game; Taylor-Britt didn’t get the memo.
Taylor-Britt made 51 tackles, one sack, and one interception as a senior. The talented corner finished his career with Nebraska totaling 140 tackles, ten of which came for a loss, plus 2.5 sacks and six interceptions. He also scored one touchdown along with defending 22 passes and forcing four fumbles.
Here is what Kyle Crabbs of The Draft Network had to say about Taylor-Britt’s willingness to tackle.
"Tackling: Yes, please. This dude hits like a strong safety. He’s a violent striker in head-up instances and I didn’t see many missed opportunities in one on one—only a handful of missed reps near the line of scrimmage when he was reducing down and ducking underneath kick-out blocks by TEs or pulling linemen, which compromised his fit."
If 2021 proved anything to us, it is that NFL teams can not have enough capable cornerbacks. Nearly every cornerback the Detroit Lions trotted out onto the field last season eventually fell victim to injury.
The Detroit Lions lost former no. 3 overall pick Jeff Okudah in Week One to a ruptured Achilles, it marks the second straight year the second-year cornerback finished the season on Injured Reserve (IR).
The Lions also lost newcomer Jerry Jacobs to a torn knee, and the teams’ top corner Amani Oruwariye finished the year on IR.
We know the Detroit Lions need help at every level of their defense. In this Mock Draft, I’ve made a conscious effort to improve the starting defense by adding an edge-rusher, linebacker, and safety. I feel confident in landing an impactful receiver and a starting-caliber corner.
Taylor-Britt brings that Campbell-like toughness to any secondary, and he can be an immediate upgrade on special teams.
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