Detroit compiled what appears to be another high-character class, and Mayhew explained why when he reviewed the draft Saturday.
The Lions met needs by drafting two offensive linemen, a running back and a fullback, two cornerbacks and a defensive lineman.
“Obviously we feel good about all these players,” Mayhew said. “But as we talked about before, these guys have to come in and perform now.”
Eventually, Tomlinson wants to go to medical school and become a neurosurgeon, but first he will play guard for the Detroit Lions.
“One thing that I’ve learned about this process is it’s very unpredictable. You don’t know what’s going to happen, so you’ve got to prepare for everything. We’ll be ready for every alternative.”
“I think we have been, since 2011, more cautious in terms of our sources and the people that we’re talking to,” Mayhew said Friday.
“They’re game changers,” analyst Mike Mayock said of Gordon and Gurley. “One of those guys would be really hard for me to pass up.”
The Lions took Reiff in the first round of the 2012 draft. He played 16 games in 2012, 16 games in 2013 and 15 games in 2014.
Ihedigbo, a starter last year and a Pro Bowl alternate, will make a base salary of $1.1 million.
“We’ve had some dialogue with him,” Mayhew said. “I think it’s ongoing at this point.”