Martin Mayhew has been an utter failure at drafting. There’s no way around that fact. He has moved up in the draft two times for running backs. First, for Jahvid Best taking a gamble on a player who had maybe the worst looking concussion college football has ever seen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tyv4du7BTOc
They moved up and traded with Minnesota for the 30th overall pick, Here are the details; Detroit traded its second- and one of its seventh-round picks to the Vikings and flip-flopped picks in the fourth round with Minnesota. The Vikings went on to take Chris Cook with the 34th pick Everson Griffen and Mickey Schuler Jr. So the Vikings didn’t make out real well there.
Then the very next draft the Lions traded with Seattle for the 57th pick to take Mikel Leshoure. Here are the details; Seattle traded its 2nd-round pick, 5th-round and 7th-rd pick for Detroit’s 3rd (75), 4th (107), 5th (No. 154) and 7th (205). Leaving Detroit with ZERO picks in the 3rd and 4th round. How did the Seattle Seahawks fair? Well they got a solid backup Guard in John Moffitt and oh yeah with pick no. 154 in the 5th round they drafted a guy named Richard Sherman. Not that the Detroit Lions would have had the foresight to select the kid but it adds just a wee bit more salt in the wound.
As you can see I only rated 4 out of his 21 picks as Good to Great. When you take out Matthew Stafford and Ndamukong Suh who were No.1 overall picks that means he has found 2 Good to Great players AND NONE OF THEM CAME PAST THE 1ST ROUND.
You look at the Packers and Ravens and the teams who are good, they draft guys like Ray Rice Marshal Yanda, Morgan Burnett, James Jones. Then they found guys WHO WEREN’T DRAFTED like Sam Shields, Tramon Williams, James Ihedigbo. The Lions currently have 1 undrafted player who has seen significant time on the active roster. Drum roll please…… Ashlee Palmer. Mostly a special teamer fighting for the Strong Side Linebacker position this year.
So you can decide if Mayhew has done a good job at drafting or not. Don’t forget one last thing, the team he inherited was horrible but it did have Calvin Johnson.
Martin Mayhew Picks
Underlined players are no longer in the Lions organization.
Total Miss 9 Marginal player/career 7 Good to Great player/career 4
1a 1 Matthew Stafford QB Georgia
1b 20 Brandon Pettigrew(from Dallas) TE Oklahoma State
2 33 Louis Delmas S Western Michigan
3b 76 DeAndre Levy(From Saints through Jets) OLB Wisconsin
3c 82 Derrick Williams(from Dallas) WR Penn State
4 115 Sammie Lee Hill(From Redskins through Jets) DT Stillman
6b 192 Aaron Brown(from Dallas) RB TCU
7a 228 Lydon Murtha(from the Jets) OT Nebraska
7b 235 Zack Follet(From Falcons through Broncos) OLB California
7c 255 Dan Gronkowski(Compensatory selection) TE Maryland
4 players left out of 10
1a 2 Ndamukong Suh DT Nebraska
1b 30 Jahvid Best(from Minnesota) RB California
3 66 Amari Spievey CB Iowa
4b 128 Jason Fox(from Minnesota) T Miami
7b 213 Willie Young(from Seattle) DE North Carolina State
7e 255 Tim Toone WR Weber State
4 players left out of 6
1 13 Nick Fairley DT Auburn
2a 44 Titus Young WR Boise State
2b 57 Mikel Leshoure RB Illinois
5c 157 Doug Hogue LB Syracuse
7b 209 Johnny Culbreath(from Cle through Sea) T South Carolina State
2 players left out of 5
So from 2009 through 2011 we have 10 players left out of 21, doesn’t take a math major to see his success rate is a shade under 50%. Not the success rate you want when THIS IS HOW YOUR TEAM IS BUILT, not free agency, but the draft.
1 23 Riley Reiff OT Iowa
2 54 Ryan Broyles WR Oklahoma
3 85 Dwight Bentley CB Louisiana Lafayette
4b 125 Ronnell Lewis OLB/DE Oklahoma
5a 138 Tahir Whitehead OLB Temple
5b 148 Chris Greenwood CB Albion
6 196 Jonte Green DB New Mexico State
7a 223 Travis Lewis OLB Oklahoma
1 5 Ezekiel Ansah DE BYU
2 36 Darius Slay CB Mississippi State
3 68 Larry Warford G Kentucky
4 132 Devin Taylor(Comp.) DE South Carolina
5 165 Sam Martin (From Ravens through Seahawks) P Appalachian St.
6 171 Corey Fuller WR Virginia Tech
6 199 Theo Riddick (From 49ers through Ravens and Seahawks) RB Notre Dame
7 211 Michael Williams TE Alabama
7a 245 Brandon Hepburn (Comp.) ILB Florida A&M