Martin Mayhew and the Lions were able to accomplish specific goals

Posted Apr 27, 2013

Only time will tell how good this class will become, but Mayhew and the Lions were able to fill some very real needs

Darius SlayCB Darius Slay (Photo: AP Images)

Three days and nine draft picks later, Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said he’s looking forward to getting a little sleep Saturday night.

"It’s important to sleep well and not get up at 4 a.m. and be all excited," said Mayhew, who admitted he's done that following past drafts. "I try to make sure I sleep until like 7:30 or 8 a.m. I’ve got it figured out."

Mayhew can rest easy knowing that at the very least, he and the Lions met their pre-draft goal of getting bigger, faster and stronger.

"We've added some guys to our team to help us do that," Mayhew said. "We were able to get some guys with some length on the defensive line ... very athletic guys.

"We got some fast guys that can run for their positions. So we really have improved ourselves. We got some healthy guys. We got younger. We feel good about it."

No general manager feels particularly bad after the draft and only time will tell how good this class will become, but Mayhew and the Lions were able to get more athletic, and at the same time fill some very real needs.

Ziggy Ansah and Devin Taylor will be immediate contributors on arguably the biggest need for the Lions -- defensive end. Both players are freakishly athletic with length and speed.

Cornerback Darius Slay and guard Larry Warford are players who project to come in right away and compete for starting positions at areas of need.

Across the board, the Lions didn’t draft a player that didn’t fit a need heading into the draft.

"We do expect a lot of those guys, especially guys that we took early, to be on the field pretty quickly," Mayhew said.

Mayhew also addressed a couple of other non-draft topics:

If there is a particular position he feels they still need to address: "No. Just the offensive line pretty much in general. We're really young there so we'll look at some veteran guys there I think over the next few weeks."

If DT Corey Williams is still a possibility to re-sign: "I'm not going to get (into) specific names, but we do plan to add some guys over the next several weeks to our team."

On how quickly he expects free agency to move: "I don't think it's going to be a real quick process. I think it's going to be some time to go through everything and it could be into May, June, but you know the draft is not the finish line. And we have all offseason until we get to camp and start playing games. I think they'll be roster movement throughout the offseason.

On if he expects Darius Slay to participate in rookie camp: "I do."