Detroit Lions: Where Do We Go from Here?

Joe UnderhillCorrespondent IIIMarch 19, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 23:  Linebacker Aaron Curry of Wake Forest runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 23, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

With just over five weeks until the NFL draft, the Lions are still stuck with the question, "Where do we go from here?"

The Lions have addressed some of their needs via free agency and trades. I like the moves the Lions have made so far, but the where do they go now? There are still back ups available through free agency, but the Lions still have a number of holes which need to be filled before the start of the season.

The Lions NEED to get three to four starters out of the draft.

Where do the Lions go from here? They need to go to the film room and spend as much time as they can looking at game film. I'm a firm believer that time spent watching game tape should outweigh work out results.

It's possible to have a great work-out and not be a great player, while it is possible to be a great player and not have great work-outs. It is far more important for the Lions to draft play-makers over work-out gurus.

The Lions need to spend as much time as they need to determine who the best player for the Detroit Lions is in the draft.

Many experts are ruling out LB Aaron Curry (considered the "safest" pick in the draft), although I think the Lions should still consider him if he is the best player. According to, Matthew Stafford had a good pro day work-out and deserves serious consideration for the No. 1 pick. Jason Smith, who has flown up draft boards, is also a possibility.

Each of these players deserve serious consideration and are a possible answer to the "where do we go from here" question.

For the Lions, there is really no place to go but up, after finishing 0-16. What they need to do now is go to work and to the video room. They should be watching Andre Smith as well; despite his recent slew of mistakes, he was one of the top LT in all of college for the last three years.

The next five weeks are crucial for the Lions, because the decisions the Lions make in the next five weeks will determine where they go from here.