With the first pick in this year's NFL draft, the Detroit Lions select … no one.

That much you can bank on, as Lions general manager Martin Mayhew took time out of his predraft news conference Thursday to mock one mock draft idea — the one posed by ESPN's Mel Kiper — that the team should trade up to No. 1 to select Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner.

"Not gonna happen," Mayhew said, not that anybody really believed that it might.

Beyond that, though, Mayhew — in keeping with his annual tradition — wasn't offering much insight into his team's plans for next week's draft. In fact, he began fielding questions by refusing to even acknowledge what everyone knows: The Lions could desperately use a starter at offensive tackle and defensive end.

Still, I think it's a safe bet that, if the Lions are indeed making the pick at No. 5 — and not trading down — there's a good chance the selection will be a ... safe bet. And probably one that weighs 300 pounds.

"At the top, I think that's really important," Mayhew said Thursday when asked about balancing the need for a boom with the fear of a bust when drafting in the top 10 — an all-too-familiar spot for the Lions the last decade. "Certainly, you want guys with that high ceiling. But it's also important to make sure you're getting a solid player that you can have around for a long time.

"It may not be the best place to swing for the fence. You might not want to be Dave Kingman at five. You'd rather just get on base, if you know what I mean."