The Lions, lying in wait for the new year ...
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Martin Mayhew was never going to give out his actual breakdown, his actual rankings of players. He'd be crazy to -- as would almost any other general manager in the NFL.
Why let the competition know what you're thinking if you don't have to. It's why Mayhew, the Detroit Lions general manager, can laugh when he says he trusts none of his peers in the profession and why when he's asked about the Lions' board, he can casually say nothing.
"We'll come up with our top 10, so we've got our draft board set as of right now," Mayhew said. "We've got it lined up pretty good, but we're going to take some quarterbacks out of that mix. Some other guys might not fit for other reasons, health reasons or otherwise.
"Those guys will come out of that mix, too, and then we'll have our top 10. Then it will get pretty simple."
Why 10? Despite our fascination with all numbers round, it is simply because the Lions have the 10th pick so at least one of the players on their board will be there. Much like last season, when the Lions picked fifth and had a top 5.
So who is on Detroit's board? Quarterbacks won't be, as the Lions are set there with Matthew Stafford. Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins and South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney -- two elite players who won't be available at No. 10 -- are almost definitely on there.
The rest could be up to some interpretation, although it is safe to say Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack, Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson and Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans are also probably somewhere on that board. Where? That's a bigger question.
Who else is also an unknown, as Mayhew refused to really tip off anything about who might be where for the Lions. He did acknowledge one thing -- he'd like as many quarterbacks as possible taken before Detroit picks.
"That’d be very helpful for us. I’d like to see six or seven quarterbacks go in the top 10," Mayhew said. "One thing I learned a long time ago is that nobody knows. People act like they know and they write what they know is going to happen and something weird happens every draft, something different happens.
"Every different move is a chain reaction going down, so I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’m excited to find out."
As far as one scenario unfolding -- NFL Nation will conduct its mock draft this afternoon beginning at 1 p.m. right here at ESPN.com. And I'll be chatting all things Lions and the draft and whatever else you'd like at noon at this link.
And now, a look around the Interwebs in search of Lions news:
The Lions have no plans to trade Ndamukong Suh -- and here's why Mayhew had to say that Monday no matter what. Mayhew has concerns about Chris Houston. A peek into how the Lions' draft and scouting process works. The draft preview continues with the defensive line.
The Lions should draft a cornerback in the first round, writes Jeff Seidel of the Detroit Free Press. Houston, mentioned above, is hopeful he will return to form, writes Dave Birkett in the Free Press.
Misdirection is always part of draft season, writes John Niyo in the Detroit News.