Martin Mayhew, general manager for the Detroit Lions, recently held a press conference where he addressed the upcoming draft, Ndamukong Suh trade rumors, and Chris Houston‘s injury. While he was unable to answer very specific questions about draft strategy, he was able to clear up confusion concerning Suh.
“We’re not looking to trade him. We have no plans to trade him; I haven’t had any conversation with anybody about trading him.”
Mayhew talked about one team, sometime back in January, that had made a small offer for Suh, that had not been taken seriously. According to Mayhew, “I said ‘no thank you.’”
As far as how the rumor was started in the first place, he stated “I don’t know where that came from.”
Another Lion, CB Chris Houston, has apparently been dealing with a toe injury. The injury has nagged Houston since last season, and Martin was unable to offer any sort of timeline or prediction for when Chris would be back to top form, or even if he would be in top form again. Mayhew indicated that the Lions may now be in the market to draft a corner earlier than many had thought.
When asked about the first player to be drafted, concerning possible prospects, consensus top pick at WR Sammy Watkins was brought up. Mayhew was asked about the significance of taking the young player out to dinner. He indicated that sometimes, going out to dinner with a talented young player was more interesting that waiting around in the airport. While this may be true, many are convinced that the Lions are smitten with Watkins and that they are willing to move up to get him.
The first day of the NFL draft is on Thursday, May 8. The draft ends on Saturday, May 10.