The Detroit Lions didn’t draft a safety — this draft was weak in safety depth and Mayhew apparently didn’t want to reach down in the first round.
Calvin Pryor was the first safety off the board at 18 to the N.Y. Jets while Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was drafted at 21 by the Green Bay Packers. The Lions had the 10th overall pick.
Safety is seen as a need, but Mayhew said he has confidence in starters Glover Quin and James Ihedigbo, along with backups Don Carey, Isa Abdul-Quddus and DeJon Gomes. All three backups have NFL starts on their resumes.
Also Mayhew didn’t draft a quarterback in the late rounds. He currently has Don Orlovsky and Kellen Moore to back up Matthew Stafford.
“We talked about that throughout the process,’’ Mayhew said. “A number of times we had quarterbacks in the conversation and then we see that they weren’t there. We put some names up and by the time we got ready to pick, those guys were gone.’’
It's possible they could sign a safety and quarterback as undrafted free agents. They typically have four quarterbacks in training camp.