Phillip Buchanon. Will James. Demarcus Faggins. Anthony Henry. Kevin Hobbs. Marcus McCauley. DeAngelo Smith. Jack Williams. Jahi Word-Daniels. Brian Witherspoon. Tye Hill. Eric King. Prince Miller. Paul Pratt. Chris Houston. Jonathan Wade. Nathan Vasher. Anthony Madison. Brandon McDonald. Alphonso Smith. Eric Wright. Aaron Berry. Amari Spievey. Don Carey. Jacob Lacey. Bill Bentley. Jonte Green. Chris Greenwood. Drayton Florence. Patrick Lee. Ross Weaver. Lionel Smith. Conroy Black. Ronald Bartell.

That's a list of the cornerbacks who've cycled through the Lions roster in the four years since Martin Mayhew took over as full-time general manager and hired Jim Schwartz as coach.

It's an incomplete list, actually. But it's certainly long enough to help explain why the Lions have struggled to win and hold leads and limit coaching meltdowns on the sideline.

"Corners," Schwartz acknowledged last week, "are tough to find in the NFL."

Well, here's one for you: Alabama's Dee Milliner. Widely considered the best cornerback in this year's draft class, the consensus All-American boasts the size (6-foot, 200 pounds) and instincts teams covet in today's pass-oriented NFL. He plays smart, he plays physical, and on Tuesday he answered one nagging question scouts had, posting an impressive 40-yard dash time (4.37 seconds) at the NFL combine, solidifying his standing as a likely top-10 pick.

"I don't know why they thought I was slow," Milliner told the NFL Network's Deion Sanders.

And in doing so, if nothing else, he gave the Lions exactly what they were hoping to find in Indianapolis: another legitimate option near the top of April's draft.



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130227/OPINION03/302270315#ixzz2M78Fd7gw