So it's official, with the 1st pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions select Matthew Stafford, Quarterback, University of Georgia.
I can already hear the boo's from the disgruntled fans that salivate over the possibility of having Curry sandwiched in between Julian Peterson and Ernie Sims (me being one of them).
I am writing this article to help people realize that if we don't get our wish, we still have a lot to be excited about.
KFFL has reported that we are selecting Jason Smith with the first pick, this wouldn't be bad news for any of us, however I think it would be a sexier pick to go Defense or Quarterback.
If the Lions do select Curry, I believe we could target a solid left tackle with the #20 pick and then go D-Line with the 1st pick in the second round. This is the Lions best option and will lead to the quickest turnaround. THIS FORMULA WILL EXCITE THE FANS, MAYHEW IF YOU READ THIS (yeah right)...PLEASE DRAFT CURRY, LT, DL WITH THE TOP 3 PICKS.
If the Stafford does impress the boys upstairs enough to demand the No. 1 pick, I believe we will still be in decent shape this year and have a lot to look forward to if things start going south.
Sure chances are we will not be able to see our No. 1 pick start and make an immediate impact, but I will still be excited watching Lauranitus plugging up the middle (hopefully our No. 20 pick if we draft Stafford) and watching our new Left Guard push people around (our #33 pick)...sure Backus will still be at Left tackle and Culpepper will be throwing the deep ball to Calvin, but I honestly believe the Lions can win and win this year (and by win I mean 5 to 9 games at best) if the they go in this direction in the 2009 draft.
Also, if things go south and Culpepper doesn't light it up, we all have something to get excited about. STAFFORD! STAFFORD! STAFFORD! This is much better then just giving up on the team, throwing in the towel and spending our Sundays elsewhere.
My point is, no matter how the Lions draft this year, I believe that we as fans will have something to be excited about.
Although I am a strong believer that the fastest road to success would be the Curry, LT, DL one, two, three punch, if we go in a different direction good things may also happen. We have suffered too much let down with this organization.
Teams cannot lose for ever. I truly believe that this is the turning point. The thought of losing and giving up on the Lions in October is behind us!
Whose with me??