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A look at Day 2 of the Detroit Lions draft

Posted Apr 26, 2013

The Lions introduce DE Ziggy Ansah in Allen Park and draft CB Darius Slay and G Larry Warford

Day two of the Detroit Lions draft began with the travel and arrival of first-round selection DE Ziggy Ansah.

Ansah managed to meet some of the most talented Lions in franchise history as he made his way to Allen Park from New York City.

He met Lions' wide receiver Herman Moore (who has been the team's special correspondant in New York City), Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders (who not only announced the Ansah pick, but sat next to him on the plane), wide receiver Calvin Johnson (who was at Ansah's arrival gate) and Hall of Fame defensive back Lem Barney (at the team's fan fest at Ford Field).

While we're talking Lions' greats, we can also throw in Hall of Fame tight end Charlie Sanders, who is currently assistant director of pro personnel for the franchise.

Ansah was also introduced to the local media while he was in Allen Park Friday afternoon. Watch the entire press conference or just the funny highlights that included showing off new glasses and proclaiming his love of quarterbacks.

Following his introduction to the media, it was time to be introduced to the fans at the Lions Draft Fan Fest at Ford Field.

The draft restarted Friday evening with the second round. The Lions held the fourth pick in that round and used it on Mississippi State cornerback Darius Slay.

"We've been trying to find that big corner," said GM Martin Mayhew following the pick.

"We've talked about that, you know, and everybody's looking for that guy. He has got a lot of that same stuff. He's really good in press coverage, he's physical against the run, so we like this player. He's going to help us a lot."

The one perceived drawback of selecting Slay is a torn meniscus in his knee, but Mayhew and head coach Jim Schwartz say the Lions are aware of his medical condition and don't see it as an issue.

The Lions wrapped up Day 2 with the selection of Kentucky G Larry Warford.

"I don't know if you can say 'Larry' without saying 'big' in front of it," Schwartz said. "He's probably been about five years old that he was never just Larry. He was Big Larry.

"He's a really thick, powerful guy. Good athlete for his size."

At Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Herman Moore was hard at work announcing the LIons' pick of Slay and conducting on-camera interviews.

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