<
>

Analyzing all of Martin Mayhew's draft day trades

Don’t be surprised if Martin Mayhew makes a move this weekend. Actually, it’s fairly safe to bank on some sort of draft shift from the Detroit Lions' general manager.

Mayhew has no issues with bouncing around the draft to try and find the players he deems the best fits for his franchise. He’s made a move on draft weekend in all six of his prior drafts for the Lions and don’t be surprised if he does this year as well.

“We’ll see what happens in terms of acquiring more picks,” Mayhew said last week. “I think I made the point at the league meeting that we’ve never started a draft and finished a draft with the same picks, so I think we’ll have a different number of picks at the end of this draft. Right now it is what it is, so we’ll take what we have.

“I feel good about where we are in the rounds and I feel good about what’s going to be there, especially in the first two rounds. We’ll see what happens.”

Mayhew has yet to trade back in the first round, although he has picked in the top half of that round every year except for 2012 and, barring a trade, Thursday night. Depending how this draft board falls, this could be a strong opportunity for him to move back and collect some more picks before he even makes a selection.

In Mayhew’s six years as GM, the Lions have made 11 draft weekend trades.

2009:

The move: The Lions traded their third-round pick (No. 65) to the Jets for New York’s third (No. 76), fourth (No. 115) and seventh rounders (No. 228).

Who the picks became: The Jets moved up to draft Shonn Greene. The Lions moved down and took DeAndre Levy, Sammie Lee Hill and Lydon Murtha.

Who won the deal: Detroit, easily.


The move: The Lions traded their sixth-round pick to Denver (No. 174) for a 2009 seventh rounder (No. 235) and 2010 fifth rounder.

Who those picks became: Denver drafted quarterback Tom Brandstater from Fresno State. The Lions took Zack Follett with the ’09 seventh rounder and traded the 2010 fifth rounder.

Who won the deal: A wash.


2010:

The move: Detroit traded its second (No. 34), fourth (No. 100) and seventh (No. 214) round picks to Minnesota for a first (No. 30) and fourth (No. 128) round pick.

Who the picks became: The Lions moved up to take Jahvid Best in the first round and Jason Fox in the fourth. Minnesota ended up with Chris Cook, Everson Griffen and Mickey Shuler Jr.

Who won the deal: Minnesota. Griffen ended up being the best player in the deal. Cook might have been the second best.


The move: The Lions traded a seventh round pick (No. 220) to Philadelphia for a 2011 sixth rounder.

Who the picks became: The Eagles drafted Jamar Chaney. The Lions eventually traded this pick.

Who won the deal: A wash.


2011:

The move: The Lions receive second (No. 57), fifth (No. 157) and seventh round (No. 209) picks from Seattle for third (No. 75), fourth (No. 107), fifth (No. 154) and seventh round (No. 205) picks.

Who the picks became: The Lions took Mikel Leshoure and Doug Hogue. The Seahawks drafted John Moffitt, Kris Durham, Richard Sherman and Lazarius Levingston.

Who won the deal: Seattle, in a massive way.


2012:

The move: The Lions got fourth (No. 125) and sixth-round picks (No. 196) from San Francisco for a fourth round pick (No. 117).

Who the picks became: Detroit took Ronnell Lewis and Jonte Green. San Francisco took Joe Looney.

Who won the deal: Detroit. Of the three, Green was the biggest contributor.


The move: The Lions received fifth (No. 138) and seventh round (No. 223) picks from Minnesota for a 2012 seventh rounder (No. 219) and 2013 fourth rounder (No.102).

Who the picks became: The Lions took Tahir Whitehead and Travis Lewis. Minnesota drafted Trevor Guyton and traded the fourth rounder.

Who won the deal: Detroit did, although Minnesota turned the fourth rounder into another trade for Cordarrelle Patterson.


The move: Detroit lands a fifth round pick (No. 148) from Oakland for fifth (No. 158) and seventh rounders (No. 230).

Who the picks became: The Lions took Chris Greenwood. Oakland selected Jack Crawford and Nathan Stupar.

Who won the deal: A wash.


2013:

The move: The Lions received fifth (No. 165) and sixth-round picks (No. 199) from Seattle for a 2013 fifth rounder (No. 137).

Who the picks became: Detroit took Sam Martin and Theo Riddick. Seattle chose Jesse Williams.

Who won the deal: Detroit, in a massive way.


2014:

The move: The Lions got second (No. 40) and fifth round (No. 146) picks from Seattle for second (No. 45), fourth (No. 111) and seventh round (No. 227) selections.

Who the picks became: The Lions chose Kyle Van Noy and traded the fifth rounder. Seattle picked Paul Richardson and Kiero Small and traded the fourth rounder.

Who won the deal: Too early to say.


The move: Detroit obtained fifth (No. 158) and seventh round (No. 229) picks from Dallas for a fifth rounder (No. 146).

Who the picks became: Detroit chose Caraun Reid and Nate Freese. Dallas got Devin Street.

Who won the deal: For now, Detroit, although neither Reid nor Street have done much.