For the first time since the Backstreet Boys, Ricky Martin and Cher were all in the Billboard Top 10, the Detroit Lions will be making their selections for the 2012 NFL draft from the bottom third of the order.
The Lions will not be handed the likes of Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson on silver platters, rather Martin Mayhew and his scouting department will now get a taste of what it's like to have their Big Board pilfered by the 22 teams ahead of them in every round.
Although the reward for a successful season is waiting your turn like an anxious child anticipating his or her Farrell’s birthday party, the silver lining—beyond winning football—is costs.
Yes, with all the Lions draft picks coming at the backend of each round, the salary demands for these players will accordingly diminish allowing some much-needed breathing room with the superstar salaries the Lions are already committed to.
So whom will Mayhew and Jim Schwartz have their eyes on? With several juniors still yet to determine if they will forgo their senior seasons for the promise of NFL fortunes, it is difficult to say.
But with the glaring deficiencies this team still operates under, along with the tendencies and preferences of the coaching staff, we can make some educated guesstimates as to who will get to call Detroit home.
Following is a full, seven-round mock draft for the Detroit Lions.