It's that time, friends. With only one game left to go this season and 30 NFL teams sitting at home, we are fast approaching the point where the NFL draft is best thing we have to look forward to.
If you're not thrilled about a Patriots/Giants Super Bowl rematch, that point has already arrived.
Personally, I love draft talk, even in years like this, when getting a top-10 pick won't be the highlight of the Lions' year.
In fact, draft talk gets a lot more exciting when your team is in the thick of it. Even mildly competent GMs can pull talented players out of the top five every year. It's once a team starts picking in the 20s that you separate the Belichicks from the Manginis or the Mayhews from the Millens.
Of course, Mayhew is already separated from Millen in that he has actually built a team good enough to draft after the 20th pick. But now that he's gotten there, can he keep up this pace? Can he continue to pull impact players, despite falling about 10 picks in the draft order each of the last few years?
And perhaps more importantly, how will he confuse us this year? After months of us trying to get in his head, what kind of curveball will Mayhew throw us this year?
For starters, he might ignore the Lions' biggest team needs and start off the draft with...