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The Lions, lying in wait for the new year ...
There is 36 hours -- give or take when you read this -- until the first round of the NFL draft begins, so all the speculation will be over.
And in trying to understand what the Detroit Lions might do Thursday night, Friday night and into Saturday, general manager Martin Mayhew tried to explain some of his strategy Monday.
He made his positional stance clear, saying the Lions would look at every position other than punter and long-snapper. But he also went through how they'll approach some of the early picks.
"Our philosophy and my philosophy are pretty constant, pretty consistent. We’ll take the best player available for us, and that’s what we’ve done here in the past and we’ll continue to follow that formula," Mayhew said. "We’re not going to reach for need. When I say reach for need, I mean, if you’ve got three or four guys that are similarly graded that you can take, that will come and play for you and contribute something, I don’t think you reach down nine spots to take somebody because they play a particular position. That’s what I’m saying.
"It’s not necessarily their numerical grade is one tick above the next numerical grade, so you take that guy even though he’s not going to be able to be on the field for you. So, we have a pretty consistent philosophy and we’re going to stick with it.”
It is a philosophy that worked well for Detroit in 2013 and not terribly in 2012 and 2009. In 2010 and 2011, it wasn't as effective. How it turns out in 2014 likely will not be completely clear for a few years, but it'll start to form once players begin being selected.
And now, a look around the Interwebs in search of Lions news:
Our NFL draft preview continues with linebackers. We did an NFL Nation mock draft on Tuesday. Here's the draft, where I picked Ha Ha Clinton-Dix for the Lions. And here's why I went with Clinton-Dix. I conducted a chat on ESPN.com yesterday, too, and here's the transcript of that. I'll answer a few leftover questions later this morning.
Dave Birkett from the Detroit Free Press writes that UCLA's Anthony Barr could be an option at No. 10.
There's a deep group of wide receivers in the draft, writes Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.
Sammy Watkins says the Lions have serious interest in him, writes Kyle Meinke of MLive.
The Lions, lying in wait for the new year ...There is 36 hours -- give or take when you read this -- until the first round of the NFL draft begins, so all the speculation will be over.