2017 training camp preview: Cornerback – Detroit Lions News

2017 training camp preview: Cornerback – Detroit Lions News

On roster: Darius Slay, Nevin Lawson, Quandre Diggs, DJ Hayden, Teez Tabor, Jamal Agnew, Johnson Bademosi, Adairius Barnes, Des Lawrence, Josh Thornton

Key losses: None

Making cut: Slay, Lawson, Tabor, Hayden

On bubble: Diggs, Agnew, Bademosi, Barnes, Lawrence, Thornton

Best competition(s): Who starts opposite Slay on the outside? Who starts in the slot?

The only lock right now for a starting spot is Slay.

Lawson started all 16 games on the outside last year in his first full season as a starter. He held his own and is now looking to get his hands on more footballs and become more of a playmaker. He’s a physical corner for his size and has the right mental makeup.

Tabor was the team’s second-round pick this year and the Lions like his size, physicality, instincts and ball skills. He made some plays in the spring and summer, but his game can’t truly be measured until the contact begins in training camp. If his lack of straight-line speed isn’t an issue, he’s got as good a chance as anyone to win a starting spot.

Speed isn’t an issue with Hayden, but durability has been. He’s played in more than 11 games in a season just once in his first four years in the league. He’s a versatile corner and was a free agent target for the Lions.

On the inside, Diggs suffered through a bit of a sophomore slump in the slot before a pectoral injury cut his season short. Diggs started in the slot during OTAs and minicamp, but rookie fifth-round pick Jamal Agnew will try and push him for a roster spot and playing time.

Agnew boasts 4.3 speed and had a knack for getting his hands on the ball in college. He recorded a…

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