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Lions could still add on the corner

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By Eric Edholm

Entering last season there was little question: Cornerback was, by far, the team's biggest need. Times have changed a bit. Corner remains a need but a far less concerning one. Whereas last season the team needed to add its top three corners, it appears that two of those spots are solidified. LCB Chris Houston has established himself as the team's top corner, another excellent pickup by GM Martin Mayhew. Alphonso Smith got off to a tremendous start this season, intercepting five passes, but he struggled to defend the deep ball and finished on somewhat of a down note. Smith remains a big part of the defense's future, but where he ends up remains to be seen. He was the starting right corner for most of the season, but his best spot might be in the nickel. Although linebacker remains the top overall need this offseason, it would not surprise team observers if the Lions consider a cornerback with their first overall draft pick at No. 13.

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