The Detroit Lions have made a number of moves this off-season and most of them have been on the big stage, whether it be hiring Jim Caldwell as their new head coach, signing former Seattle Seahawk wide receiver Golden Tate and former Baltimore Raven James Ihedigbo or re-signing players like running back Joique Bell and tight end Brandon Pettigrew.
Well the Detroit Lions have made yet another move and that move that includes signing cornerback Cassius Vaughn, who was considered to be part-time starter with the Indianapolis Colts the last two seasons, to a one-year deal after a workout with the Lions earlier today. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press was the first to report the news.
From my point of view, this move is all about adding depth to the secondary. Vaughn will be joining current Lion cornerbacks Chris Houston, Darius Slay, Bill Bentley, Jonte Green, Chris Greenwood, and Rashean Mathis, who remains an unrestricted free agent. Now I don’t expect Vaughn to be the next star corner of the NFL or even the next star corner of the Lions for that matter. At this point, I expect him to compete for playing time and most importantly help the Lions secondary play at a higher level than they did last season.
For those who don’t know much about Vaughn, let me give you a little information. Vaughn is a product of the University of Mississippi. He entered the 2010 draft where he went undrafted but he wouldn’t have to wait long as he would be signed by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He would go on to play for the Broncos for two seasons before joining the Colts in a trade with the Broncos for fullback Chris Gronkowski in 2012. As a part-time starter for the Colts, Vaughn only started 15 games for the Colts over the last two seasons but last year, Vaughn finished the season with 30 tackles, a forced fumble and a career-best, three interceptions.
From what I have seen from his game film and highlights, Vaughn is a decent nickel/dime cornerback with some decent ball skills. However, I must admit that I have yet see him really step up and play in a big role which is why I stand by my earlier statement, that he will be more of a help to the secondary in terms of depth. He may even be able to offer something to the return game, since he has some experience in that area but as of right now, I expect him to compete against cornerbacks Chris Greenwood and Jonte Green for playing time.
Which leads to the questions about whether the Lions will still draft a cornerback with the 10th pick in this year’s NFL Draft. At this point, there is still a strong possibility that the Lions draft a cornerback with the 10th pick, however, it’s not a guarantee that the Lions will draft a cornerback with the 10th pick. A while ago, I wrote an article about the Lions options for the 10th pick, be sure to take a look if you haven’t already read it.
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Contributor for Radio One Detroit