Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 1/31/13
Despite his team's glaring needs on defense, Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew has stubbornly stuck to the "Best Player Available" mentality when it comes to making selections in the NFL Draft. At least that's the way he explained decisions such as taking offensive players -- tackle Riley Reiff and receiver Ryan Broyles -- with the team's first two picks in last year's draft before addressing the defensive concerns in later rounds. It's been frustrating for many observers to accept Mayhew's approach considering there are such obvious positions that must be upgraded significantly to rebuild the defense. Mayhew insists he will stick with his same philosophy again this year. One change that has been made was the addition of former Denver Broncos general manager Brian Xanders to the Lions' front office as the senior personnel executive. But when asked whether he might revise his general draft strategy, Mayhew was adamant. "No," he insisted. "No, I won't. "You've got to ...
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