Why the Detroit Lions Should Not Draft a QB with the First Overall Pick

James WilliamsonSenior Writer IJanuary 29, 2009

The Detroit Lions are, without a doubt, the worst team in football. They are so pathetic that I'm not even sure they could beat the Oklahoma Sooners or the Florida Gators.

They need new management like a Mafia snitch needs a new identity. Now that management has been chosen, but to think that new management is all that is required to turn this team around is to say a receiver can throw himself a touchdown.

They need new players at nearly every position, and they need them fast, because after an 0-16 season, how many people do you honestly expect to come to your games if you're going to lose them all?

However, a quarterback is not the best choice to take with the first overall pick. Look at the history for one thing. Out of 25 quarterbacks taken with the first pick, only six have won a Super Bowl, and only three are in the Hall of Fame, with a fourth on his way.

The Lions need to take the best player available, because with the first overall pick comes a giant contract. Drew Rosenhaus (Notorious sports agent) or another shark comes along with their hands out for big cash.

No General Manager in his right mind should give any of the available quarterbacks that much money. Quarterbacks are far more fragile than a linebacker, or a lineman, or even a wide receiver, so if that guy goes down to injury, they can kiss the money and his rear end goodbye.

Graham Harrell, Nate Davis, Matt Stafford, Mark Sanchez, and any other quarterback I may have missed is not worth the top overall pick. Out of all them, the one who impresses me the most is Davis, and he still isn't worth that much money.

Colt McCoy and Sam Bradford are not going in this year, so it is a big gamble to invest that much in a collegiate quarterback who did not exactly shine this year.

I'm not trying to take away anything from Matthew Stafford, but to send him to Detroit would be a death sentence without help.

The Lions have an evolving offensive line and a good running back with Kevin Smith, so why not help this young man instead of ruining his career like they did to Barry Sanders.

If I'm the General Manager, I'm making my selection to be Andre Smith, tackle, out of Alabama. He is the best player on that board right now, and an offensive lineman is far more likely to live up to his supposed potential than a quarterback.

Furthermore, look at the draft order:

1. Detroit (0-16)
2. St. Louis (2-14)
3. Kansas City (2-14)
4. Seattle (4-12)
5. Cleveland (4-12)
6. Cincinnati (4-11-1)
7. Oakland (5-11)
8. Jacksonville (5-11)
9. Green Bay (6-10)
10. San Francisco (7-9)
11. Buffalo (7-9)
12. Denver (8-8)
13. Washington (8-8)
14. New Orleans (8-8)
15. Houston (8-8)
16. San Diego (8-8)
17. New York Jets (9-7)
18. Chicago (9-7)
19. Tampa Bay (9-6)
20. Detroit (from Dallas) (9-7)
21. Philadelphia (9-6-1)
22. Minnesota (10-6)
23. New England (11-5)
24. Atlanta (11-5)
25. Miami (11-5)
26. Baltimore (11-5)
27. Indianapolis (12-4)
28. Philadelphia (from Carolina) (12-4)
29. New York Giants (12-4)
30. Tennessee (13-3)
31. *Arizona (9-7)
32. *Pittsburgh (12-4)
* means it is subject to the Super Bowl outcome.

The Lions not only have the first pick, they also have the 20th pick. Every team before the 20th pick is set at quarterback except the Chicago Bears and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers might want a younger quarterback to learn from Jeff Garcia. The Chiefs and 'Niners are maybes.

Andre Smith, however, is a well wanted lineman, and St. Louis's Orlando Pace is getting old. They will want Smith to follow directly in his shoes.

Smith will not be there by the 20th pick, at least one of those quarterbacks will be. Take Smith, wait for the 20th pick and grab your future quarterback. He will learn under Daunte Culpepper, and become much better.

As good as Matt Stafford is, I just don't see immediate success. When you look at a lot of quarterbacks like Elway, Marino, Peyton Manning, you see that this guy can do it. Stafford is still up in the air.

Also, being the No. 1 overall pick might inflate his ego, and we don't know what kind of guy he is. Ryan Leaf and Jeff George had tremendous talent at quarterback, but they were busts because they were selfish players. I haven't seen Stafford do anything selfish, but I haven't seen anything that convinces me he is an angel.

Most likely the Detroit Lions will pick a quarterback, but I would take a chance on it late or wait 'til next year. They need a system a young quarterback can survive in first, then grab a quarterback.

That's what I would do if I was the GM for the Detroit Lions. Anyone want to tell me what they would do?


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