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Best Pick: Matthew Stafford (QB): 1.1
Worst Pick: Derrick Williams (WR): 3.12
The 2009 draft was an interesting one for the Lions. There was talent on top in Matthew Stafford, and in hindsight Mayhew did a great job avoiding the minefield of top 10 busts that could have been taken first overall. They also got a lot of starters later in the draft, with Louis Delmas, DeAndre Levy and Sammie Lee Hill getting picked.
However, this could be largely due to the lack of talent on that 0-16 team, and out of all the players that Mayhew took only Hill, Stafford and Delmas have become good contributors, and even all of them struggled with consistency.
All in all, the 2009 draft was not a deep one, and only four players from it remain with the team now. However, the Lions got their franchise quarterback in it, and if Stafford cleans up his mechanics and plays more like he did at the end of last year, then no one can complain about how the draft turned out.
Overall Grade: C+
Do-Over Pick: Jairus Byrd instead of Louis Delmas with the 33rd overall pick
While Delmas has had his moments over the years for Detroit, he remains to this day a better athlete than safety who has struggled with missed tackles and deep coverage while suffering a litany of injuries. Byrd was only taken a few picks later, but has turned into the best deep safety in the NFL already. Blessed with burst, instincts and elite ball skills, Byrd is the perfect safety net, and on a shaky Lions secondary his skills in the deep zones would help cover a lot of cornerback mistakes.