As it stands today I’ll never be the general manager of any NFL team, much less the Detroit Lions, but a boy can dream, right? Fans love to put themselves in the shoes of general managers, coaches, and players. For this exercise I’m going to put myself in the shoes of Martin Mayhew.
The Lions are in a unique position as they head into the 2014 season. They arguably are a top ten team based on talent alone, but for a myriad of reasons they haven’t been able to translate individual talent into wins on Sundays. So Martin Mayhew has to delicately balance the “win now” mantra with an eye toward the future.
Disclaimers: I’ll take you through what I would do if I were drafting for the Lions next weekend. This clearly isn’t a perfect science, and I can’t know what 31 other teams will do before the Lions’ picks, but I’ll do my best to project who might be available.
I also won’t trade any of the picks, even though this is a real possibility for the Lions. I’ll be choosing based on the following slots in the draft: Round 1 Pick 10 Round 2 Pick 13 Round 3 Pick 12 Round 4 Pick 11 Round 4 Pick 33 (Compensatory) Round 4 Pick 36 (Compensatory) Round 6 Pick 13 Round 7 Pick 12