The two surprise teams that made the NFC playoffs last season did so largely because of sharp decisions in the draft a year ago.
Seattle went from 7-9 to 11-5 after taking quarterback Russell Wilson in the third round, 75th overall. Wilson gave the Seahawks a surprising dual threat and was arguably just as productive as higher-profile picks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III.
Washington went from 5-11 to 10-6 after finding a hidden gem, running back Alfred Morris of Florida Atlantic, in the sixth round, 173rd overall. Morris certainly benefited from Griffin's presence, but he was still an absolute steal, finishing with a franchise-record 1,613 yards rushing.
This is what needs to happen with the Detroit Lions, who are coming off a dismal 4-12 season.
Martin Mayhew, entering his fifth draft as the club's general manager, helped turn the franchise around with quality first-round picks his first two years.
But they were basically no-brainers: quarterback Matthew Stafford No. 1 ove...