Detroit Lions' Best and Worst Draft Picks of the Mayhew Era

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Detroit Lions' Best and Worst Draft Picks of the Mayhew Era
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At this time last year, Detroit Lions' general manager Martin Mayhew was considered a drafting genius. He became the Lions' savior because he turned them into a playoff contender in just three years, and his decisions on draft day were a big reason for the turnaround.

Then 4-12 happened.

Mayhew's draft record isn't nearly as pristine now. Picks that were viewed favorably are no longer, and his entire draft record has been scrutinized.

He deserves criticism because he's made mistakes, but what GM hasn't? Some picks have worked out, while others haven't.

Others have been hot messes, and you know who I'm talking about.

As the 2013 NFL draft approaches, now is a good time to take stock and review Mayhew's best and worst picks from the past four years.

Here are five picks he'd like everyone to remember and five he'd like to have back.

We'll start with the low lights.

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