By this point, you know the drill: Lions' season ends, draft talk begins. Senior Bowl, Combine, second-guessing, third and fourth-guessing and mock drafts all the while.
Mock drafts can be a tedious thing to go through for both reader and writer. I genuinely enjoy the player analysis, so I don't mind. And I'm changing all the picks every time, so I'm hoping it never gets too mundane for you, either.
Mind you, that doesn't mean any of them are right. Indeed, as I go through and make all the sensible first-round picks, I'm eventually going to have to start getting crazy and start mocking guys like Trent Richardson or Michael Brockers to the Lions in the first round. Not yet, though.
The only thing I do know from my years of doing this is that every mock draft is wrong. Mine, yours, Mel Kiper's, Mike Mayock's, everybody's. They're fun, engaging and occasionally insightful. Sometimes even slightly accurate for a round or two (Mayock does pretty well, especially in the top 10). But ultimately wrong.
With that in mind, I'm taking the "scattershot" approach this year. You will not see a name show up twice on one of my 2012 mock drafts. That's partly because I increase my chances of hitting on a pick, and partly just to keep it interesting.
Does that mean I'm any less sold on Peter Konz at 23 than I was in November? No, but what difference does that make? I'm every bit as sold on Konz as I was sold on Prince Amukamara at 13 last year.
See what I mean? I'm diversifying my picks, and maybe one of these lines of reasoning will not be completely shrugged off by mad draft scientist Martin Mayhew.
So here's my third completely different approach to the Lions' possible (but ultimately wrong) draft strategy.
Dean's previous mocks: