Apr 26, 2013; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions first round draft pick Ezekiel Ansah during a press conference at the Lions Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

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2013 NFL Draft winners: Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions nail it
Bucky Brooks – NFL.com

The pressure is on GM Martin Mayhew and coach Jim Schwartz to produce a winner in Motown after a disappointing 2012 season. The Lions’ brain trust responded by grabbing several intriguing prospects with tremendous upside and potential.

Coaching Senior Bowl helped Lions make NFL draft picks
Dave Birkett – Detroit Free Press

The previous time the Lions coached the Senior Bowl, they looked around their room and saw a lot they didn’t like.

“There were guys there that we looked at, and we’re like, ‘We won’t draft him, we won’t draft him, or him,’ and that was how it went,” general manager Martin Mayhew said. “This time, we went into it open-minded, and there were just a bunch of guys that we really liked.”

Scouting database created by Brian Xanders didn’t impact who Detroit Lions drafted
Justin Rogers – MLive.com

According to general manager Martin Mayhew, the database was helpful, but had little impact on the players Detroit selected.

“The information flow was faster,” Mayhew said. “We’ve got some output from our new system where we’re able to consolidate a lot of information, which was very helpful. I don’t think that that made a huge difference in terms of who we picked, but it certainly helped us to get information a little bit quicker.”

Draft filled needs, immediate impact expected
Paula Pasche – The Oakland Press

“It’s also fair to say we have more holes coming into it or more holes that we knew about coming into this draft than we did last year. We do expect a lot of those guys,especially guys that we took early, to be on the field pretty quickly,’’ Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said.

While it generally takes at least three years to be able to judge a draft class as a whole, here’s a look at how well the Lions filled specific needs with their nine picks over three days. Don’t forget they can still make trades and sign free agents.

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