2011 NFL Draft Grades: How Detroit Lions Can Earn an 'A' in Round 1

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2011 NFL Draft Grades: How Detroit Lions Can Earn an 'A' in Round 1
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I will be following the draft with great anticipation this weekend like all of us who bleed Honolulu blue and silver.  We are entering the third year of Martin Mayhew (GM) and Jim Schwartz (head coach) approaching the draft with their homework done and contingencies intact.

There have been several mock drafts drawn up for Detroit.  I threw my own thoughts out there on who would end up being the next players in a Lions uniform, but we all know, that ultimately, it comes down to the next three days.  The draft is now in the extremely capable hands of Mayhew and Schwartz.

The day we have all been waiting for has arrived.

I am honored to be covering the draft for the Lions and hope to do justice to a team that deserves our full attention and support.  This draft may not hold all of the answers for the Lions to make the playoffs this year but important pieces will be added.  Any outstanding needs Detroit has will be met with through free agency.

Yes, the Lions will make the playoffs this year.  Mark your calendars. 

Schwartz and Mayhew will bolster the lines and it will all start tonight.

Here is a "heads-up" on how the Lions can once again come out of the first round with the highest grade possible.

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