At this time last year the NFL draft was the last thing on the minds of Detroit Lions' fans. At 7-4 the playoffs were a real possibility, so there were more important things to discuss. This year, not so much. The Lions are 4-7, the playoffs are a distant memory, and the NFL draft offers a light at the end of a very dark tunnel.
How the Lions finish these last five weeks will determine just how dark that tunnel is.
Obviously they need help. They're not where they want to be, but what position is their top priority?
The answer to that question might not matter.
That's because Lions' general manager Martin Mayhew favors a best-player-available approach. He won't target a specific player or position.
With that in mind, here are five players that make sense for the Lions in Round 1 of the 2013 NFL draft (in no particular order).