DETROIT IS ON THE CLOCK
After a record setting season of futility, the Lions hold the No. 1 pick in the 2009 draft on April 25. There will be much speculation between now and then as to who they should take. I would like to try my luck at guessing what will go down.
First let's go over their options. Trade it? Take the best available player? Address a certain need? I lean toward No. 3.
Trading the top pick is virtually impossible. The cost is too high and I don't see another team coveting someone in this draft enough to risk it. "Best available player" ironically happens to be at a position Detroit has used numerous top picks on before, WR.
Thus, we are left with addressing a certain need. Needs are plentiful on a team that went 0-16: QB, MLB, DE, and OT are primary spots that need attention.
RB, WR, TE, and CB could also use upgrades. Which need gets addressed with the No. 1 pick overall you ask?
Answer: OT. I know, some say QB, but I don't believe there is one worthy. I do, however, believe that they may package some picks to get back up into the top 15 and take a QB.
So, OT. Who? Andre Smith. He steps in right away at RT, moving Gosder Cherilus to LT. As I stated earlier, I see Detroit jumping back in the mix for a QB later. Possibly giving their No. 20 and No. 33 for a No. 8 or No. 9.
There you have it. With the No. 1 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions select: Andre Smith, OT, Alabama