Lions Secondary Still Needs Help

There is no doubt the addition of safety Brock Marion can be a major step in firming up the Lions' defensive secondary.

But that does - and should not - mean the Lions have finished rebuilding in that area, which - except for cornerback Dre' Bly - was a virtual disaster area last season.

In particular, it does not mean the Lions will - or should - forget about drafting safety Sean Taylor of Miami if he happens to be available when the exercise the No. 6 pick in the draft.

Marion, who will be 34 in June, gives the Lions the leadership, experience and savvy they need at free safety and it is expected Brian Walker will start at strong safety with promising second-year safety Terrence Holt playing a backup role.

What on earth would give anyone the idea that that combination would leave no room for Taylor, who is considered by some as the best athlete in the draft and has been referred to as the possible next Ronnie Lott?

There is a distinct possibility Taylor would join Marion in the starting lineup ahead of Walker, who has not been the high-impact player the Lions had hoped for when they signed him two years ago, and Holt, who is still a work in progress.

By the time Marion is ready to retire, Taylor would be going into the prime of his career, capable of playing either safety position and assuming the leadership role.

Even without Taylor, the Lions have made huge strides in upgrading their secondary by adding cornerback Fernando Bryant and Marion; the addition of Taylor would make it a smashing success.

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