NFL Draft 2012: 3 Reasons Martin Mayhew Succeeded for the Detroit Lions

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NFL Draft 2012: 3 Reasons Martin Mayhew Succeeded for the Detroit Lions
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The 2012 NFL draft is officially in the books, and the Detroit Lions certainly left their mark.

General manager Martin Mayhew and the Lions' front office stuck by their "best available" draft strategy. Mayhew and Jim Schwartz refuse to draft based on team needs creating a slipper slope for the Lions' future. However, the "best available" draft plan continues to work in the favor of Detroit moving forward.

The Lions made some smart picks as well as some puzzling ones, but Mayhew and his franchise were winners of the draft. Here are three reasons why Mayhew and the Lions succeeded with their selections.

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