Making another bad decision on draft day and picking a QB that's not good for the Lions is not the way to start the post-Matt Millen era, but it very well could be the last nail in the coffin for their fans.
To accept this statement as fact, one must first come to several other realizations.
First and foremost, no one person is going to be able to fix the mess that is the Detroit Lions.
The next step would be to understand that it is not written in stone, or anywhere else for that matter, a team must draft a QB or other skilled position with the No. 1 pick.
In fact, here is some very recent history that proves just what happens to teams that fail to understand this.
In 2005, the San Francisco 49ers drafted Alex Smith of Utah and then had to agree to pay him $49.5 million over a six-year period. The 49ers received nothing from the deal and were fortunate to rework Smith's contract so the payment amount would be lowered.
The lesson here is do not take a QB No. 1 overall if there are questions about him.
Each of the top three quarterbacks in this year's draft have significant enough questions that they should preclude them from being taken by the Detroit Lions.
The real problem for the Lions in the 2009 draft is there is no clear consensus on who is worthy of the No. 1 pick, and the $50 million it will take to sign that person to the roster.
This means the Lions must use this pick on the most valuable player in the draft.
On a team that just went 0-16, there are needs everywhere. Any impact player is going to make a difference. The Lions must be smart in how they use this pick or they could end up in an even bigger hole.
It's obvious the Lions need help at linebacker, if not, the team can make Ernie Simms into a player worthy of his past draft status.
That only logical pick is LB Aaron Curry of Wake Forrest. Unfortunately, "logic" and the Detroit lions have never been strong companions.
The Lions cannot afford to have another losing season. If they get this draft pick wrong, they will mostly set themselves up for a reenactment of their 2008 season.
A guy like Curry is a good enough player to help a win-less team steal at least one victory this season.
The Lions are one of only a few NFL teams that manage to lose money, and if they cannot right the ship, they are in serious risk of having the fans tune out forever.
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