Biggs: Lions keeping all draft options open

The Detroit Lions can rule out a quarterback with the second overall pick in the draft this year. Just about everything else is in play. That’s the mind-set the franchise is headed to Indianapolis with later this week for the scouting combine.

The Lions are preaching the best-available-prospect line. Stop us if you’ve heard that before, like when Matt Millen made his annual selection of a wide receiver with a first-round draft pick.

"Philosophically, our position hasn't changed," general manager Martin Mayhew said, according to the Detroit Free Press. "We want to look for the best players we can find without regard to what side of the ball that they play, what position that they play.

“Obviously, we wouldn't take a quarterback with the second overall pick at this point, so there's some common sense in there, too. But we want to continue to add talented players, no matter what side of the ball those guys play on or what their positions are."

At this point, most expect the Lions to draft one of the top two defensive tackles – Ndamukong Suh of Nebraska or Gerald McCoy of Oklahoma. Remember, the Lions didn’t use just one first-round pick on offense last year. They also turned the first-round pick acquired in the Roy Williams trade into tight end Brandon Pettigrew. Jim Schwartz’s defense was a mess last season.

Unless there is an offensive tackle the Lions deem they can’t live without, they need to address significant needs on defense. Getting safety Louis Delmas in the second round last year and linebacker DeAndre Levy in the fourth round was a nice start, but it was only the beginning.

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