During his draft preview press conference with media Tuesday, Lions General Manager Martin Mayhew was candid with his opinion on the huge, often guaranteed salaries given to rookies.
“I think the system is broken. I think that’s been addressed and talked about. The way it’s setup, the idea I believe was to have teams who hadn’t been as successful have an opportunity to get better by picking first. Now, if you miss at that pick, or you miss early, which we have, it really sets you back even more – so it’s even harder to get out of that cycle. But I think that hopefully that will get resolved sometime in the near future.”
The system is broken. The huge money contracts given to the first picks of the draft has become more of a detriment than an advantage. A high pick obviously gives teams the an improved chance for a great player, but the financial risk is so great, a team can fall even further out of contention should that player be a bust.