The Detroit Lions have plenty of needs heading into the offseason. Included among those are two positions most fans will bemoan spending any perceived early pick on since the follies of the Matt Millen-era are still fresh in their minds.
Fortunately for them it appears as if the leadership infrastructure is in place, might just be a functional unit starting with GM Martin Mayhew down to Coach Jim Schwartz.
The crop of talent gathered in the 2009 draft seems like Motown has capable NFL-caliber decision makers at the vanguard of the Lions future.
Heading into the 2010 draft, Mayhew will try to build on last year’s successful draft including a franchise quarterback and his safety valve (Tight End Brandon Pettigrew) and two playmaking cornerstones for his defense with Louis Delmas and linebacker DeAndre Levy.
His late-round selections appear to be insightfully foretelling with third-down running back Aaron Brown and defensive tackle prospect Sammie Lee Hill. Grabbing special teams assassin and reserve Zack Follett in the last round may prove to be one of his better picks when they look back in retrospect several years later.