NFL Draft Preview: Quarterbacks will help determine Lions' No. 10 pick
MAY 06, 2014 11:17a ET
That includes Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew.
The Lions have the No. 10 pick overall and the last thing they'll be looking for is a quarterback, but how early those top QB prospects go will play a major role in determining who drops down and is available when Mayhew makes his pick.
It's the great uncertainty of this year's first day of the NFL Draft. Some analysts like these quarterbacks, others don't.
Either way, there's always the chance of quarterbacks going earlier than they probably should simply because of the position they play.
"That'd be very helpful for us," Mayhew said of having two or three QBs selected in the top nine. "One thing I learned a long time ago is that nobody knows.
"People act like they know and they write what they know is going to happen, and something weird happens every draft, something different happens. Every different move is a chain reaction going down, so I don't know what's going to happen. I'm excited to find out.
"We will be prepared for every scenario. If no quarterbacks go, we'll have 10 names. If four quarterbacks go, we'll know who our guy is at 10. I think that's the most important part of the process."
Unless they trade up, the only shot the Lions probably have to get one of the top two receivers (Texas A&M's Mike Evans?) or top three offensive tackles (Michigan's Taylor Lewan?) is if teams selecting ahead of them go for Manziel, Bortles and/or Carr.
TRUST NO ONE
This is the time of year when you can't believe anything you hear from anyone simply because so many smokescreens are sent out in the final days leading up to the draft.
Nevertheless, Mayhew is trying to figure out what other teams plan to do, just like everyone else.
"I think you've got to do that," he said. "You spend some time on that and you talk to people around the league and other GMs who you have a good relationship with and try to decipher that."
“We're always excited about the draft, but this is going to make our football team a lot better.”
So how many GMs does he truly believe he can trust at a time like this?
"None," Mayhew said. "You can listen to what they say, though. It's a very competitive business. We're all trying to win, so I understand that.
"But, no, there's not a whole lot."
HELP IS ON THE WAY
The Lions currently have a total of eight picks over the three-day event that features one round Thursday, two rounds Friday and the final four rounds Saturday.
They've got one pick in each of the first three rounds, three in the fourth round (two of them compensatory picks), none in the fifth round and one in each of the final two rounds.
"There is a lot of depth in this draft," Mayhew said. "We're always excited about the draft, but this is going to make our football team a lot better, I think."
Detroit fans undoubtedly will hold out hope that the Lions somehow figure out a way to land Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins before he's wearing another team's cap.
Asked about the perception that he's enamored with Watkins, Mayhew said, "All the players that are really, really good, I'm enamored with all of those guys. The ones that aren't so good, I'm not that enamored.
"Sammy's a very talented guy. He would fit us. He can make plays. His track record speaks for itself, I think, so we like him as a football player. We did our due diligence on him, as we've done on (Jadeveon) Clowney and other guys."
Mayhew confirmed that he's had discussions with other teams to explore trade options.
"I started that process, really, (Monday)," he said. "I've had dialogue with teams ahead of us and behind us. We always do that."
IT'S ALMOST HERE - FINALLY
The draft got pushed back a couple weeks this year because of a scheduling conflict at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
For teams making coaching changes, such as the Lions, the extra time to prepare was helpful.
"When I would have been spending time evaluating juniors, I was out looking for a head coach," Mayhew said. "It has kind of benefitted me some this year in terms of having more time to evaluate players."