The ​Lions secondary was torn apart when offenses weren't targeting Darius Slay. 

In order to remedy this ailment, Matt Patricia and the Detroit Lions went after the defense early, using the 81st pick in the 2019 ​NFL Draft on​ Boston College safety Will Harris. 

​​At Boston College, Harris was normally the versatile, hard-hitting strong safety alongside the balhawking free safety Lukas Denis. While he can get downhill and make plays as a run defender, Harris is equally adept at dropping back into coverage and making plays on the ball. 

Given how Detroit wants to play defense, Harris should be an instant impact starter. 

​​It's very rare for a team to snag a potential starter at safety at pick No. 81, but Patricia and the Lions might have just pulled off a major coup with the selection of Harris. 

He might not be a sexy name, but he has a lot of the traits of a star safety.