Lions Looking to Add Talent Regardless of Position

Micah WarrenContributor IFebruary 22, 2010

DETROIT , MI - JANUARY 16:  Jim Schwartz, center, head coach of the Detroit Lions poses with General Manager Martin Mayhew, left, and Tom Lewand team president after a press conference to introduce him as the Lions new head coach on January 16, 2009 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Detroit Lions GM Martin Mayhew says that the team plans to draft the best talent available regardless of position in this year’s NFL draft. We think it’s just common sense to know that this doesn’t mean taking a QB No. 2 overall if there happens to be a good one there.

“Philosophically, our position hasn’t changed,” Mayhew said last month. “We want to look for the best players we can find without regard to what side of the ball that they play, what position that they play.

“Obviously, we wouldn’t take a quarterback with the second overall pick at this point, so there’s some common sense in there, too. But we want to continue to add talented players, no matter what side of the ball those guys play on or what their positions are.”

So, this means that you could quite conceivably take a WR with that second pick? Not like it’s never happened before.

But even head coach Jim Schwartz said that the team has too many needs to just zero in on one position.

“Maybe a really good team can afford to do that,” Schwartz said. “Say you have just one hole on your team and you really need to fill that one hole; you can pass a player or take a cornerback who is maybe a step below another position. But over the long term, I don’t think that’s a very good strategy. You have to take talent in the draft.”