The Big Question: Will the Lions offensive line be able to keep Matthew Stafford upright?
With the top three tackles off the board by the time the Lions picked at No. 5, Martin Mayhew decided not to reach for a lineman. Instead he will count on 2012 first-round pick Riley Reiff to replace the sturdy, if unspectacular, Jeff Backus who is protecting Matthew Stafford's blind side. Early reports indicated the Lions would have had Reiff play right tackle or even moved him to guard if they could have gotten their hands on a top-flight left tackle in the draft.
- His boom-or-bust potential could make or break Martin Mayhew's future, however for Ziggy Ansah there was no better place to land. In the Wide 9, the raw rookie will only be asked to go full-bore from the edge and force the quarterback up in the pocket. Last season, Kyle Vanden Bosch was consistently a step and a half slow off the edge. Speed won't be a problem for Ansah. By season's end he'll be wreaking havoc in the opponents' backfield.
- The Lions haven't drafted a productive late-round receiver since 1975. That could change with sixth-round pick Corey Fuller. With Nate Burleson and Ryan Broyles both coming off season-ending injuries there is zero depth behind Megatron -- no other receiver on the current Lions' roster caught more than eight passes for Detroit last season. Fuller, a former track star, can use his speed to exploit corners in single-coverage as a rookie.