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DETROIT , MI - NOVEMBER 27:  Daunte Culpepper #11 of the Detroit Lions throws a second quarter touchdown pass while playing the Tennessee Titans on November 27, 2008 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Leo ShineContributor IApril 4, 2009

The more I listen to the comments made by the Detroit Lions staff, the more I am getting the feeling that Matt Stafford will not be the first selection in the upcoming NFL draft. Recently, head coach Jim Schwartz stated on NFL Network that they need to draft the most talented player, when talent is equal you draft for need.

As fans we need to get used to the fact that Daunte Culpepper will be our starter this year and maybe next year. Even if the Lions draft a quarterback this year he will not see the field for most of the season barring injury.

Culpepper has many things working in his favor going into the season. He is in the best shape that I have seen him in in years, he is reunited with a coordinator that he has had previous success with and has one of the best receivers in the game as a target.

Last season he was thrown in in the middle of the season which may have largely contributed to his poor play. The offensive play book was completely new to him and also lacked any imagination. Another set back was he never had the chance to develop timing routs with Calvin Johnson.

This season he has had the luxury of a off season to prepare to start. He will have full mini camps, workouts, training camp and a preseason to get acclimated. Scott Lienahan knows Cullpepper's capabilities and will use this to his advantage.

The NFL has seen players rise out of obscurity many times. I think that this situation has all the pieces in place for this to happen. If this will be the case remains to be seen, but I think the Lions feel that it may.

We might as well jump on the Culpepper bandwagon now or we may be left behind.

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