Apr 28, 2011; New York, NY, USA; Defensive tackle Nick Fairley (Auburn) is introduced as the number thirteen overall pick to the Detroit Lions in the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

Should the Detroit Lions Draft the Best Player Available or Fill Team Needs?

Well we are a little over from a month away from this year’s NFL Draft.  The Lions are selecting later in the first round with the 23rd overall pick.  In his drafts, Martin Mayhew has surprised fans by selecting players that don’t fill a void for the Lions.  It has worked pretty well for Mayhew in his first few years, but with a team on the verge of being a serious contender, should he and the rest of the Lions management stick to that philosophy?

When I heard Roger Goodell call Nick Fairley’s name last year, I remember being shocked and then somewhat angry.  Why would the Lions draft Fairley when they already have a great defensive line?  It took me a couple days before I started to see the sense in selecting Nick Fairley.  Looking back on it, I love the pick, and I agree with the Best Player Available (BPA) strategy.

Now the question is will Mayhew stick to the BPA plan or fill the positional needs?  He has been quoted to saying he is going to stick with what he has been doing over the past drafts.  However, is that the right choice?

This team looks like it is set except at a couple positions, mainly in the secondary and offensive line.  Eric Wright is gone to the Bucs and although the Lions signed Jacob Lacy, he is going to be used for depth at cornerback.  The offensive line can probably do for now, but there is no question that it could use an upgrade.  Filling the needs in the secondary could make the Lions a big-time contender.  Will drafting another receiver or defensive lineman do that?

I don’t know if I’m in the position to critique Martin Mayhew, but I hope he uses the first couple of rounds (primarily first) to make the secondary and offensive line better.  Adding a great player at another position would be nice, but filling the needs, will make the team better overall.

I’m still confident that the Lions will make the right choice.  In Mayhew We Trust.

What do you think?

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