Detroit Lions trade up, draft CB Terrion Arnold

“I’m a shutdown corner,” Arnold said on a Zoom call after his selection. “I’m coming in to tackle receivers at the rip. I feel like I was already coming in with a chip on my shoulder just based on the draft and how everything was going.

“Brad traded for me and that means a lot to me. So, I’m going to go out there and show why he did that.”

We knew it would be a very offensive draft, especially early in the first round, but it ended up being historic. The first defensive player wasn’t taken until 15th overall, with the Indianapolis Colts selecting UCLA edge rusher Laiatu Latu. The picture is looking good for teams like the Lions who were looking to add more defensive help. Arnold is the best player on his board at a position of need, and he’s the best of both worlds when it comes to the draft.

Arnold was primarily an outside cornerback at Alabama, but he also has some experience playing inside. He led the SEC in passes defensed (17) and interceptions (five) last season, becoming one of the best cornerbacks in the country. He also had 63 tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss. Arnold defended more passes (26) than games he played in (25) during his college career.

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