This is sort of building on a couple of the other threads and as far as I can see, this exact subject has not been talked about yet.
Mayhew actually seems to know what he is doing, even though he was Millen's right hand man, especially if they end up getting Larry Foote and not drafting a middle linebacker in the draft. He's had some solid, but not spectacular offseason signings. For example:
- Grady Jackson, when healthy, is a pretty good run stopping defenisve tackle. Granted he has to stay healthy a lot more, but he's very serviceable.
- Eric King was a back up cornerback for the Titans, so Schwartz has some good familiarity with him. They signed him because he knew that King could contribute and possibly fight for a starting position. If nothing else, he provides quality depth.
- Getting Philip Buchanon was also pretty good and they got him for cheap. He's had an up and down career, so if he doesn't pan out, then it didn't cost us too much.
Also, despite what people are saying about this draft, it was actually pretty solid. Pettigrew, contrary to what people are saying below, will help the offensive line. He will be able to "chip" block defensive ends and stay in to block as well, as he was widely regarded as the best blocking tight end in the draft. I do think Delmas was taken a little early, but some teams had him rated as the best safety prospect of the draft, so maybe it wasn't too bad. Derrick Williams could potentially become a 3rd or 4th receiver, but his main contributions will come in the return game. I think Lydon Murtha can be a serviceable back up and Follett in the 7th round is a great pick because he made so many plays for Cal in his career that I think he'll at least make the special teams. Was this the best draft they could have possibly have? No, but it was solid and that's more than I can say for any of Millen's drafts.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on Mayhew's job in general (this isn't talking about the Lions' draft or the possibility of signing Foote; just on Mayhew's job in general).