The Lions had a pressing need for defense in 2009, but Martin Mayhew's philosophy is to draft the best player available.
Although some fans wanted LB Aaron Curry with the first overall pick, the Lions started rebuilding from the worst season in NFL history by drafting their future franchise QB.
The Lions then signed Matthew Stafford to a six-year, $78 million deal with $41.7 million guaranteed.
That was the most guaranteed money offered to any NFL player at the time.
He has shown the talent and leadership to validate being the No. 1 overall pick. But he's yet to stay healthy for a long enough time to earn the money Detroit pays him.
Stafford has played 13 games in two seasons.
If the young QB stays healthy for a full season, here are 10 things that will happen for the Lions.