Everyone loves to speculate on how their favorite team will utilize their draft picks come the end of April.
Will they stand pat and use their allotted picks as they currently sit? Maybe they’ll move up or down the draft to grab a targeted player?
Could they package picks together for a veteran player or perhaps send an undesirable to another franchise for additional picks?
The draft is great theatre for sure, but regardless of how the Lions use their “draft currency,” the predictability is ultimately elusive.
So when Roger Goodell takes the podium to kick off the annual Radio City spectacle, the prognostications we all have developed over the past few months will be as worthless as a prophylactic in Snooki’s nightstand drawer.
What we should really focus on is what the Lions brain trust is planning for the draft.
Granted, we’ll never truly get a transparent answer from the Lions front office, and frankly, that’s exactly how it should be. But what we can do is take a look at which potential draft choices are being granted a sitdown in Allen Park and try to connect the dots as best as possible.
I will continue to update this article with new pages for each individual prospect as he makes his pilgrimage to Motown, and I’ll offer my thoughts on how these visits might paint a better picture as to the strategy Martin Mayhew and Jim Schwartz are planning to implement.
Reading the Tea Leaves
April 2: With Brandon Brooks, Kelechi Osemele and Amini Silatolu making visits already, the Lions appear ready to upgrade the interior offensive line with a space eating guard. Both Olemele and Silatolu have experience at the tackle position and would allow the Lions some much needed flexibility.
All three are projected somewhere in Rounds 2 or 3, depending on how the draft shakes out.
April 9: The Lions have now brought in two pass rushing defensive ends with Mercilus and Broughton. Jim Schwartz loves his defensive line and appears ready to add to its depth at either end of the draft.
Not sure if this is a warning shot to Cliff Avril to become more flexible with his negotiation of his long-term deal or if it's strictly proactive for the eventual retirement of Vanden Bosch.
Either way, Detroit is investing time on evaluating sack specialists in the draft.
Latest Prospect Page Update: April 9