May 10, 2013; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (94) stands next to Devin Taylor (92) during rookie mini camp at Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Martin Mayhew: Pass Rusher Not a Pressing Need


Is Detroit Lions general manger Martin Mayhew dropping clues as to what the Lions will do early in the 2014 NFL Draft? In speaking with the media today he expressed confidence in Chris Houston, as well as stating that a pass rusher isn’t a pressing need.

Cue the debate as to whether the comments are a smokescreen or if we can truly cross cornerback and a pass rusher off the list of possibilities for the Lions’ first round pick.

Whatever, if anything, it means for the draft might be surpassed by what it means regarding the pass rushers already on the roster.

Ziggy Ansah was considered a raw prospect when he was drafted fifth overall last year but he was still able to contribute in a bigger than expected way as a rookie. The same can be said for Devin Taylor despite being drafted in the fourth round and having a more limited role.

Beyond Ansah and Taylor, a pass rusher becomes more of a pressing need if the Lions decide to clear cap space by releasing Jason Jones or if they are unable to reach an agreement on a new deal with Willie Young. In saying pass rusher isn’t a pressing need, is Mayhew expressing confidence in the Lions’ ability to re-sign Young? Something to think about.

Tags: Detroit Lions Devin Taylor Jason Jones Willie Young Ziggy Ansah