If I Was the Top NFL Draft Pick...

David McClureCorrespondent IApril 23, 2009

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 28: Members of the Detroit Lions huddle on offense during a game against the Green Bay Packers on December 28, 2008 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Lions 31-21. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

A draft rumor is swirling about Aaron Curry and the Detroit Lions. Rumor has it that the Lions have a contract in place if they choose to select Curry No. 1 overall. They are waiting for Matthew Stafford to see if a deal can be reached with him that would make him the pick instead of Curry.

It is not known what Stafford would have to agree to to beat out Curry. What has been rumored is that Curry accepted less money than the contract of 2008 No. 1 overall pick Jake Long, including less guaranteed money.

It is likely that Stafford would have to come in with a similar price tag if he wants to be selected No. 1 overall.

The Lions have certainly made things interesting. The entire draft could be affected by this negotiation process. If the No. 1 pick takes less money, the remaining players will likely see a small drop in the size of their contracts as well.

It is still just a rumor to me, as it is yet to be confirmed by both parties and no announcement has been made. But it has got me thinking...

What would I do in Curry's position?

As it stands, the likely contract will be worth over $45 million. That's a lot of money for most of us regular folk. Really, it's a lot of money for everyone except the government these days.

Sitting in that room with my agent (I would probably represent myself, just my style) and looking at what the Lions had and what they needed, I think I would go even further. With $45 or even $50 million staring me in the face, I'd turn it down too. Being the No. 1 pick isn't important to me. I'm a competitive guy, and coming first sounds nice, but only when it truly means something.

Being No. 1 in the draft means nothing when compared to being No. 1 in the NFL, as a team. Winning World Championships!

I think I could settle for a $30 million contract with $20 million guaranteed. My family would be set, I would be set, and truth is, I would be happier. My team would be better for it, another free agent could be brought in, and a big trade could take place.

I could give up some money if it meant my team and I could be great.

You may think it's easy to say, but I think it's easy to do. Truth is, many of us are doing it these days.

With our companies struggling and our economy shrinking, many of us have to give things up, we have to make sacrifices. It may mean we have to take a pay cut to get adequate health coverage. It may mean we have to help out a loved one. The bottom line is, sacrifices have to made in order to reach our goals for our family.

If Curry is the pick and takes a lesser deal, he will be showing his true colors. The future in Detroit could be bright indeed. One pick, one decision, one player could break down the financial wall that stands in Detroit's way.

With one pick it could be possible for the Lions to have the best draft in over eight years.

Aaron, if you read this, I hope you see what Detroit could be and I hope you want that, too.