Kyle Meinke of MLive, the Internet arm of several newspapers across Michigan, graded out the Lions with a B-minus.
He fairly brought up both sides of the coin with the controversial Ebron pick, noting that the two players Mayhew presumably desired most came off the board just ahead of Detroit's selection.
Meinke parses out criticism for the Travis Swanson pick,
They selected a center, Arkansas' Travis Swanson, in the third round. That's a curious move, given that Detroit still had not yet meaningfully addressed its biggest weakness, the secondary, in either free agency or the draft.
He correctly points out that taking Swanson there and moving up to get Van Noy forced the Lions to sit by idly as a run on defensive backs burned through the next round.
The decision to ignore the need at safety clearly weighs heavily on the grade, as it probably should. I do appreciate that Meinke is one of the very few who acknowledged Detroit's glaring need for a kicker, sated by Nate Freese (pictured) in the seventh round.