What The Lions Should Do, But Won't

joel bradleyContributor IFebruary 26, 2009

I have a gameplan for the Lions over the next two months, and it goes as follows.

For starters, at midnight tonight, let's go ahead and pay Mr. Cato June his deserved salary and secure him as a starting linebacker for next season.

The possibility also exists to acquire Derrick Brooks, which is very appealing. Although he is 36-years-old, he is one of only four players all time to go to ten consecutive Pro Bowls.

He can still play at an elite level, and his leadership qualities would be great for Detroit's linebacking corps.

Getting both linebackers from Tampa would be miraculous for the Lions, because as of now they are the laughing stock of sports altogether.

So if that were to happen, Schwartz and company could use their second pick on a slot receiver like Percy Harvin.

As sad as it sounds, the Lions have a need for a receiver, even though they have used four out of their five first round picks on a receiver, spanning from 2003 to 2007.

And that is absolutely ridiculous.

Let's take a step back here. How do you win consistently at the sport of football? Do you know?

What do Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Baltimore, New England, Minnesota, and the New York Giants all have in common? They dominate the line of scrimmage regularly on both sides of the ball.

Therefore, with the first overall pick in this year's draft, Detroit should pick the best lineman, regardless of offense or defense.

In my opinion, it's Andre Smith from Alabama. There has been a lot of negative talk about him, and this only works in Detroit's favor.

Meaning that they can now trade down a few spots and obtain an additional second round pick which is many times, at least for other franchises, a starter.

Daunte Culpepper is the quarterback for better or worse. I believe that with a whole training camp and preseason of Daunte preparing as the starter, he will produce positive play come the regular season.

He is still young at 32 years, he still has the arm, and Calvin Johnson hasn't left, been traded, or paralyzed yet.

So why not let him have some fun back there?

With the first pick of the second round, the Lions should address the defensive side of the ball. Keeping the hypotheticals going, let's say we take Michael Johnson.

Johnson stands 6'6'' and runs a 4.7 40-yard dash. His play was stagnant at times at Georgia Tech, but his potential is way too much to pass up in the second round.

Look for a corner with the following pick, and mostly defense from there on out with the draft. As far as backup quarterback, Detroit still has Jon Kitna, and if Drew Stanton is worth mentioning, he's there too.