The theme song for the Detroit Lions' second-round draft strategy actually may have been "Things That Make You Go Hmmm....." by C+C Music Factory.
With a bevy of talented receivers already in place, Round 2 was a stretch to add another one. Even for a talent like Oklahoma's Ryan Broyles.
The Lions could have waited until Rounds 5 or 7 and had their pick of high-value, low-risk receivers.
What makes the pick even more puzzling is that running back LaMichael James, defensive end Vinny Curry, linebacker Lavonte David and cornerbacks Josh Robinson and Trumain Johnson were all still on the board.
In my opinion those are all more talented prospects and they definitely fill a greater need for Detroit.
Here are some things the pick tells us about Martin Mayhew and the Lions:
- When Mayhew says he drafts best player available, he means it. There are no exceptions. He does not draft on a per-need basis.
- In a pass-happy league, the Lions are the most pass-happy team. And they embrace it. For the second year in a row they drafted a receiver in Round 2. Mayhew is stocking his cupboard with targets for Matthew Stafford to throw to for the next decade.
- The Lions were not as high on Robinson and Johnson as everyone else seemed to be. Interesting that both players were selected at the start of the Round 3 though.
While I respect Mayhew and Co. for their desire to keep their high-powered offense firing on all cylinders, I can't agree completely with the pick.
Broyles has great hands, good speed and is highly competitive. However, he is coming off a knee injury which prevented him from taking part in the combine. He is also undersized and has his own off-field issues.
I would have liked to see the Lions select either of the cornerbacks I mentioned instead.
Then they could have waited and grabbed a receiver like Keshawn Martin from Michigan State or Jarius Wright from Arkansas in the later rounds.