NFL draft analysts have been making the connection between the Detroit Lions' need for a cornerback and their first-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft since the draft order was set. In most mock drafts, the names were familiar ones, but Don Banks at SI.com throws a curve ball into the conventional wisdom with his latest 2012 NFL Mock Draft.
Banks puts a new cornerback in the first round for the Lions, Josh Robinson from Central Florida. And what bumped Robsinson's name up the draft order? Banks explains:
I'm switching up and moving Robinson ahead of Janoris Jenkins and into the first round, filling Detroit's need at cornerback after losing Eric Wright in free agency. Robinson is a player on the rise, and his 4.3 speed makes him more attractive than the baggage that Jenkins comes with.
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