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A week from today, there will be a heated debate on whether the Detroit Lions got the right player with their fifth overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Regardless of the player chosen, not everybody will applaud their first-round pick because there are so many opinions on what the Lions need most.
For years, fans have mocked the Lions and their checkered draft history by referring to draft day as the Lions' Super Bowl.
In my case, I have always christened Detroit's first-round pick as my new favorite Lions player of all time ... yeah, many of us are extremely jaded when it comes to the drafting prowess of our gridiron gladiators' management team.
Current Detroit GM Martin Mayhews drafting history is a mixed bag. His first-round picks -- Matt Stafford, Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley and Riley Reiff -- have been solid, if not spectacular.
After the first round, though, Mayhew has gambled on physically damaged players (i.e. Jahvid Best and Ryan Broyles) and others with character issues (i.e. Titus Young) who have actually made the police blotter.
Mayhew and his staff have had, at best, an uneven track record with their draft picks after the first round, which is a colossal flaw. Simply stated, you build a legitimate contending team through a solid draft, where you get contributors in Rounds 1 through 7.
So while many of us are gnashing our teeth over the Lions' first-round pick, we should focus our attention on their entire catch next weekend.
And pray to the football gods that Mayhew and his war-room team do the same.
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The Detroit Lions were the laughing stock of the NFL for a decade. Two years ago things finally came together and they made the playoffs, only to get pounded by the Saints in the first round.
Last year was a huge step backward. They battled injuries on both sides of the ball and the team was never able to pull things together and have a winning season.
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The Detroit Lions will host the Green Bay Packers in the 2013 Thanksgiving Day game at Ford Field, per multiple reports. The full NFL schedule will be released at 8 p.m. ET and we’ll have it for you when it’s available.
Week 1: MINNESOTA
Week 2: at Arizona
Week 3: at Washington
Week 4: CHICAGO
Week 5: at Green Bay
Week 6: at Cleveland
Week 7: CINCINNATI
Week 8: DALLAS
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According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Green Bay Packers will be playing the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving day.According to NFL source, #Packers are playing #Lions on Thanksgiving Day this year.— tom silverstein (@TomSilverstein) April 18, 2013 Need NFL Tickets?