The Detroit Lions picked up where they left off during this weekend's NFL draft, snagging a defensive player with the team's opening choice in day two.
After finishing the first day with a flurry of trades, culminating in the addition of two defensive players -- Hawaii's Ikaika Alama-Francis and Boise State's Gerald Alexnder -- Detroit added defensive back A.J. Davis.
Initially projected to go higher, Davis slid to the Lions at the 105th overall pick in round four. A lightning-quick cornerback, Davis was the 11th corner selected in the draft. One of the knocks on the 5-10, 192-pound player was his strength -- many scouts questioned whether or not Davis has the physical ability to front NFL-sized receivers, and play against the run.
A collegiate teammate of former Lions' safety Terrence Holt (Arizona Cardinals), Davis doesn't believe he'll have an issue competing at the professional level.
"I am willing to do that. In college I wasn't asked to come up and make tackles," he explained. "We played a lot of man coverage, Cover-2, so I really didn't have to support the run. So, I didn't really get the opportunity to show that I could really do that.
"As far as that goes, when it is time to buckle-up and go, I will be ready."
TFY Draft Preview said of Davis during his final season at N.C. State, "Not meeting the high expectations placed upon him last season, Davis is a physically gifted defensive back yet to complete his game. Offers potential as a nickel or dime back, yet must quickly elevate his play."
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