The Lions current regime has brought little return on their four draft classes. So little in fact, General manager Martin Mayhew has hired an outsider to assist on draft decisions.
Injury's have been the key to these proficiency's. Jahvid Best's career is likely over, due to severe concussions. Mikel Leshoure, a second round pick, tore his ACL in the first week of his rookie season. Ryan Broyles, Nick Fairley, Chris GreenwoodAmari Spievey, and Louis Delmas have all had severe injury's since being drafted. This year, the Lions must avoid these situations.
A report from Adam Schefter says Dee Milliner, the NFL Drafts top corner prospect, will undergo surgery on his shoulder.
Alabama’s Dee Milliner, projected to be top CB in draft, will undergo surgery on torn labrum in rt shoulder after combine. More at ESPN. com
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 21, 2013
Heading into the NFL Combine, many weren't completely sold on Milliner as an elite corner.
“He doesn’t have Patrick Peterson’s skill set, or Mo Claiborne’s, or Deion Sanders’. We know that,” Kiper said in a teleconference Wednesday. “He doesn’t have, necessarily, the overall talent, physically and athletically, of Dre Kirkpatrick, his former teammate (who went 17th overall last year). But he is more fundamentally sound.
“He’s the kind of guy, because you need corners, and he’s a solid, consistent, reliable player, he’s going to go 4, 5 or 6. So whether he’s Deion, whether he’s Claiborne, whether he’s Patrick Peterson doesn’t matter. He’s going to go higher than some of those guys.”
With this news coming out, the Lions must shy away. Mayhew knows he must hit early and often in this draft and with plenty solid prospects to be had at the 5th pick, Milliner isn't a risk worth taking for the Lions in 2013.