Detroit Lions GM Martin Mayhew
After the disaster that was the Matt Millen years, Detroit Lions ownership decided to hire assistant general manager Martin Mayhew to be their new general manager. His first draft was in April 2009. I reviewed all draft picks that he has made from then until now to see how he has done statistically. The results are pretty surprising.
In round one of the NFL draft, Martin Mayhew has selected a total of seven players. Of those seven players, six are still in the NFL, six are still with the Detroit Lions, and six are still starters. His one dark spot was the selection of former California running back Jahvid Best who was forced to retire due to concussions. For those of you interested, that is an 86% success rate.
In round two of the NFL draft, Martin Mayhew has selected five total players. Of those five, only four are still in the NFL, three are still with the Detroit Lions, and two are starters. The statistical breakdown for that is as follows: 80% are still active players, 60% are still Detroit Lions, and 40% are starters. For a critical round like the second round, those are very poor numbers. This round is one that Mayhew needs to improve on.
In round three of the NFL draft, Martin Mayhew has selected five total players. Of those five, three are still in the NFL, three are still with the team, and two are starters. The breakdown for that is that 60% are still playing for the Detroit Lions, which is all of the players still in the NFL from this round, and 40% are starters. While these numbers are not great, Mayhew did strike gold with two of these players as Deandre Levy and Larry Warford are pro-bowl caliber players.
In the fourth round of the NFL draft, Martin Mayhew has selected four total players. Of those four, three are still in the NFL and only one is still with the team. The one player that is a starter is often injured Miami tackle Jason Fox. The only solid player from this group was Devin Taylor who was drafted last season. While Fox is a starter, he was outplayed this past season and replaced as the starter. The Lions had no intention of re-signing him. This is a round that definitely needs to be handled better as this is usually your last chance to find impact players. Rounds five through seven are usually role players and the occasional starter. The statistics behind round four are as follows: 75% are still in the NFL, 25% are still with Detroit, and 25% are still NFL starters.
In the fifth round of the NFL draft, Martin Mayhew selected four players. All four are still in the NFL which is surprising. Three of the four are still playing in Detroit. Only one of the four is a starter, but given how many role players Mayhew was able to find in the fifth round, I would have to say this was a successful round for him. The statistical breakdown is 100% are active in the NFL, 75% are still playing for the Lions, and 25% are starters.
In the sixth round of the NFL draft, Martin Mayhew selected four players. Of those four, three of them are still in the NFL and all three are still playing for the Detroit Lions. None of them are starters with Detroit, although Jonte Green has shown the ability to start a few games if called upon. The numbers associated with that are 75% are in the NFL and those same 75% are still in Detroit while 0% are starters.
In the seventh round of the NFL draft, Martin Mayhew selected nine players. Of those nine, four are still in the NFL and three are still with the team. The only “starter” would be Willie Young who just signed a deal with Chicago. Young may not be a full time starter but he did start most of the season for Detroit this past season and he was one that the Lions would have loved to have re-signed. The breakdown for round seven: 44% are still in the NFL, 33% are still with Detroit, and 11% developed into starters.
Overall, we can see that Martin Mayhew needs to improve his draft success in a few rounds, and he has done satisfactory in other rounds. This year’s draft is supposed to be one of the deepest in years so Mayhew needs to have a very successful draft this year in order for this team to make it to the next level, which is playoff consistency.