Why This Lions Fan Wants Jay Cutler, But Not For The Number One Pick

Erin McLaughlinSenior Analyst IIApril 1, 2009

DETROIT , MI - JANUARY 16:  Jim Schwartz head coach of the Detroit Lions talks with the media after press conference to introduce him as the Lions new head coach on January 16, 2009 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The new regime of Kevin Scwartz, and others who are now running the Detroit Lions, have a major decision to make regarding the number one pick in the draft.

The talk is about whether to take Matthew Stafford, go for defense, or select an offensive lineman.

A major wrench was thrown into it yesterday when Jay Cutler was officially put on the trading block. The idea of Jay Cutler in Detroit would bring a lot of excitement and optimism.

There is no doubt about that.

I would love it too, but not at too high of a price. By too high of a price, I mean the number one draft pick.

Why am I not willing to give up that pick for Cutler?

The same reason I don't want to use it to get Matthew Stafford...the Lions have no line. I don't care if you put Tom Brady or Peyton Manning in. With that line, the Lions will still be really bad.

The smart thing to do is use that pick to get an offensive lineman that can protect the QB, and try to get Cutler another way. A lineman is usually a safe pick at the top spot.

There have been fewer busts.

So how do we get Cutler?

It is real simple. The road to Cutler runs through Cleveland. They can deal Brady Quinn and Shaun Rogers to Denver. That is a very possible scenario irregardless of the third team involved.

Then the Lions could give Cleveland their number 20 pick, 2nd or 3rd round pick, or a later round pick.

This would be a better way to get Cutler, and the other teams make out good too.

Another reason not to give up that pick for Cutler is that Cutler is still unproven. He has had one good season, and has yet to take a team to the playoffs. 

That isn't worth the top pick.

I would be more willing to take my chances with him than the top two guys coming out, but he still is unproven.

Top linemen prospects will be gone if the number one pick isn't used for one. Let's face it, Stafford or Cutler will be a bust with the line as it currently stands.