The 4-12 Lions season will cause many changes in the roster, a few among position coaches and a deep soul searching.
One thing it will not change is general manager Martin Mayhew’s draft philosophy.
The Lions own the fifth overall pick in the draft which runs April 25-27. Its their third top five pick in five years.
“I think you’ve got to have some things that you believe in, our drafts were what allowed us to go from two wins to six wins to 10 wins, that’s the reality of it,’’ Mayhew said. “And I believe in the way that we’re doing it, I think you’d be hard pressed to find a bunch of teams that say we draft for need, to find a bunch of GMs that say, ‘That’s what I do, I just take whatever I need.’’’
“I think it’s short-sighted when you start saying, ‘We don’t have any of whatever position — I have to draft one of those in the first round because we don’t have one.’
“Your draft is supposed to build your team for the future, in my opinion, and you’re getting your team ready for every season to come,’’ Mayhew said. “So I think you have to take the best players you can find.’’
In other words he won’t reach for players. He also will be sensible.
“Obviously we wouldn’t take a quarterback in the first round,’’ Mayhew said.
They did that in 2009, taking Matthew Stafford with the first overall pick and it’s worked out quite well.
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