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After spending their first two draft selections on positions with moderate need, the Detroit Lions assisted a desperate void with their third-round draft pick, picking South Carolina cornerback Andre Goodman.
Goodman's teammate, defensive end Kalima Edwards, was selected by Detroit in the second-round.
The Lions failed to address the cornerback position with their third-overall pick (Joey Harrington), a spot many believed would land the ball club Texas defensive back Quentin Jammer. The controversial decision has created a stir amongst fans, including the possibility that Lions' Vice President Matt Millen was overruled by team ownership.
Goodman, however, is no slouch -- albeit not very big.
The 5-foot-10, 183-pound Goodman slid down the charts due to a severe knee injury four years ago, and off-season shoulder surgery. But his sub 4.4 (40 yard dash) speed, along with quickness and fluid body control was enough to sway Lions' management to draft him. Last year, Detroit drew criticism after drafting defensive tackle Shaun Rogers in the second round. After an outstanding rookie campaign, the risk has seemingly paid off.
Detroit hopes for similar luck with Goodman, who like Rogers, will miss the team's mini-camp.
"He should be ready for training camp," said Lions director of player personnel Bill Tobin . "We feel it was worth the risk. With our need and his ability, it was worth the risk."