Not a whole lot has changed since I put out my first NFL draft countdown 63 days ago and I still favor a priority on defense . Gerald McCoy and Ndomukong Suh still appear to be front runners for the Lions' selection at No. 2 overall. The addition of Russell Okung into the mix and banter about trading down are the only additional possibilities that warrant consideration right now.
The Detroit Lions are in the process of visiting with New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove. Some media outlets are wondering if interest in Hargrove shows disinterest in Suh, or even McCoy. I'm not so sure that is the case.
The easiest way for me to summarize Martin Mayhew's tenure as general manager is this: Consider Everything, Rule Out Nothing. Checking into Hargrove perfectly fits this mantra, considering Hargrove in free agency does not have to rule out drafting a defensive tackle.
What if bringing Hargrove in for a visit is for the purpose of validating Suh as a top draft pick?
We may find in retrospect that getting a look at Hargrove was all part of their due diligence in drafting Suh or McCoy. Hargrove is an option; consider everything. The draft is still an option; rule out nothing.
Mayhew and coach Jim Schwartz have shown a strong desire to keep their thoughts close to the vest, whether it be injury reports or personnel decisions. Couple that with a propensity to investigate everything on a level that would make Matt Millen's head spin and there is legitimate cause for optimism in Detroit.
Gone are the days of wasted draft picks on Charles Rogers and Mike Williams or divisive selections like Joey Harrington.
The Lions still need help along the defensive line and that help can come in a number of ways. Suh, McCoy, and Hargrove each may or may not be an answer to that need, but you can bet that Mayhew will consider every possible solution and make an informed decision based on the information he can gather.
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