Best-Case Scenario for the Detroit Lions in the 2012 NFL Draft

Nick Kostora@@nickkostoraContributor IIIApril 11, 2012

NEW YORK - APRIL 25:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell introduces Detroit Lions #1 draft pick Matthew Stafford at Radio City Music Hall for the 2009 NFL Draft on April 25, 2009 in New York City  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Speculation and prognostication run rampant this time of year about who may be the perfect draft pick to get a team over the hump.

The Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins know the pieces they want to secure in Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, but for the rest of the NFL the yellow brick road is not so easy to find.

The Detroit Lions are in a most peculiar position for their organization. This is a team that has perennially made a top-10 selection and yet now must wait until pick 23 to find its supposed Mr. Right.

The million-dollar question then becomes, whom does Detroit target and can this draft finally push the Lions into the Super Bowl conversation?

The true answer is loaded with uncertainty, but Detroit can rest assured knowing one thing: The team will not be built around what happens in this draft.

Rather, the picks in this draft will be added ingredients to a cocktail on the verge of deliciousness.

Of course, every team has needs and the Lions are no different. The secondary, offensive line and linebacking corps each have issues, whether it be talent or depth. The best-case scenario for the Lions then does not come from signing one marquee name, but ensuring they address the few, albeit glaring weaknesses on the current roster.

Numerous players have been thrown around as first-round targets: OG Cordy Glenn from Georgia, OT Jonathan Martin from Stanford, OT Mike Adams from Ohio State and CB Stephon Gilmore from South Carolina, to name a few.

The common bond between all these players is that they would be solid additions to the Lions roster, but they are not the kind of guys that franchises are built around.

Remember, there are seven rounds to this process, and Detroit will have ample opportunities to fill every void on the depth chart. Perhaps what this all means is that there is no one specific best-case scenario for the Lions come April 26.

Trying to name one perfect target for every single pick the Lions possess would be like trying to get a unified answer to the Rorschach test—it's impossible. The best that can be done is to ensure that no need area goes unaddressed.

If that goal is accomplished, then maybe a Super Bowl conversation won't seem too far-fetched.