Speaking at his annual pre-draft press conference, Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew explained his goal for the 2014 NFL Draft, and every other draft for that matter.
Mayhew said the goal every draft is to get three starters, three contributors and three developmental players.
— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) May 5, 2014
The Lions did well to land starters Ziggy Ansah, Larry Warford and Sam Martin in last year’s draft, with Darius Slay, Devin Taylor and Theo Riddick contributing as rookies as well. Some of the Lions’ best work last year was with their class of undrafted free agents – particularly Joseph Fauria and LaAdrian Waddle. Fauria was a big red zone contributor and Waddle stepped in nicely as the starting right tackle.
Add in the likes of Corey Fuller, Brandon Hepburn and Michael Williams and the Lions got more than their mix of three starters, three contributors and three developmental players out of the 2013 draft. The trick will be replicating that performance in 2014.
With a top ten pick and a total of six picks in the top 136, the Lions are positioned to bring in another draft class to meet their goal.