The Detroit Lions will assuredly not be part of the playoffs this year. Their latest last-second loss to the Indianapolis Colts put a nail in that coffin. However, the college bowl season is right around the corner and the NFL-draft chatter in Detroit has already begun.
The playoffs might be a pipe dream, but this season has served a purpose for Martin Mayhew and company. It's proven that they're not as good as they thought. Not all of their draftees have panned out.
Particularly on offense.
Titus Young, Brandon Pettigrew and Mikel Leshoure are players drafted in the last three years that, for different reasons, are not where they should be.
The Lions could draft players to challenge any one of them.
Of course the Lions have other needs than on the offensive side of the ball. Their defense is inconsistent and needs playmakers.
So let's get the draft talk started. Here is the first seven-round mock draft for the Lions in 2013.