Detroit Lions

There's No "I" in "Team", But is There a "1"?

ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 24: Quarterback Matthew Stafford #7 of the Georgia Bulldogs rushes for a second quarter touchdown during the game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on November 24, 2007 at Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field in Atlanta, Georgia.  Georgia defeated Georgia Tech 31-17.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
Bryan MortonContributor IApril 21, 2009

As we approach the NFL Draft weekend, every armchair quarterback seemingly transforms into an armchair GM. Almost every NFL fan has an opinion as to who should be drafted by what team and what player(s) their favorite needs to win. Then you come to the Detroit Lions.

Can anyone say what this team really needs to become a winner? Probably as much as you would need to start your own franchise. The Lions have so many areas lacking quality players, can they seriously draft one player and hope to turn it around?

Football is truly a team sport and you must have a team that can support your No. 1 draft pick. That's the difference between Matt Ryan's performance with the Atlanta Falcons last season and what could be Matt Stafford's rookie season with the Detroit Lions.

The Falcons already had a quality running game, decent receivers and a moderate defense. The Lions have some of these traits, but do they have enough?

Start building your team with the draft by trading your No. 1 overall pick in efforts to obtain quality players in multiple positions rather than a potential star player in a single position. Build a solid offensive line so whatever quarterback you sign has time to read and deliver.

Put intense defensive players on the other side to control the field and key players on your special teams roster. Start with a foundation, not the ornamental weather vane on the roof.

For far too long, sub-par teams in the NFL have destroyed potentially good quarterbacks by drafting them high and hanging their hat on that one "star" player.

Sure, I understand that the QB position may be consider the most important position on the field—but it's not the only position. Lions, do yourselves a favor and start building from the bottom up, not the top down least you become the Los Angeles Clippers of the NFL.

Hmmm...the Los Angeles Lions. They've been looking for a team for some time now in LA. New logo, new quarterback, new home...Lions...Coliseum. Sounds like a fit to me.

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