'I don't love Greedy:' Why LSU CB Williams doesn't fit Detroit Lions

Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn speaks to the media on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in Indianapolis during the NFL combine.

But he’s also a casual tackler, disinterested even, and that’s a huge red flag for a Lions team that has the eighth pick of the first round and is in the market for help for its secondary.

“I put a high priority on tackling just in general for our team and I don’t think we can change that depending on whatever position it is,” Lions coach Matt Patricia said Wednesday at the NFL combine.

The Lions allowed the fewest yards after the catch in the NFL last season, and they require plenty of their cornerbacks in run support.

The Lions were lukewarm on the top cornerback prospect in last year’s draft, Ohio State’s Denzel Ward, because of his deficiencies as a tackler, and Williams is considered inferior in that department despite his tantalizing size.

“If that’s where you want to put a lot of your emphasis (on tackling), that’s not his deal,” Jeremiah, an analyst with NFL Network, said of Williams during a private gathering for select media members Friday at the combine.

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