One pick makes the most sense, and it has nothing to do with the jersey he wore. The Lions desperately need a cornerback, perhaps because they haven’t drafted one in the first round in 16 years. The best cornerback in college football should be available at No. 10.

Bingo. We’re done here. It’s Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard. Good night, everybody!

(Pause.) (Pause.) (Right?)

So many people are over-thinking this, I’ve decided to under-think it. This is the safe route and the preferred route. Dennard isn’t as fast as Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert or as big as Virginia Tech’s Kyle Fuller, but he’s more physical. If you’re weary of watching Lions cornerbacks get manhandled, you might as well go get a manhandler.

The hitch is, Martin Mayhew often skips the obvious route, and the trade rumors about Sammy Watkins refuse to die an appropriate death. A leap up for the Clemson receiver only makes a little sense if the cost somehow drops. I’d rather move up for Buffalo’s Khalil Mack, a havoc-wreaking linebacker, another commodity the Lions have managed to avoid. But if they’re so desperate for a receiver, why not pay less and move up slightly for Texas A&M’s Mike Evans?

As the Lions prepare for a boom-or-bust season, Mayhew could be inclined to go boom. This will be his sixth draft as general manager since replacing the Name That Shall Not Be Uttered, and he’s made first-round choices that have been obvious (Matthew Stafford, Ndamukong Suh), curious (Brandon Pettigrew), risky (Jahvid Best, Nick Fairley, Ziggy Ansah) and surprising (Riley Reiff).

There’s unique pressure on Mayhew amid all the win-now chatter. The Lions at least should be expected to contend for a playoff spot, and need several immediate-impact players to do it, not just one offensive piece. Mayhew’s job is under increased scrutiny, but I don’t think it’s in jeopardy because he just hired a new coach, Jim Caldwell, and had a decent draft last spring.

The options are as varied as ever. Another safe pick might be Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald, insurance in case Suh or Nick Fairley departs. The boom-or-bust pick is UCLA pass-rushing linebacker Anthony Barr. One of the most intriguing players is North Carolina’s Eric Ebron, a tight end with receiver qualities. The flashiest is Watkins, but the Lions just spent $31 million on Golden Tate, and I certainly wouldn’t give up three early-round picks for Watkins.