Fourteen losses in 2008 were not enough to clinch the #1 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. Luckily for the wayward Detroit Lions, fifteen are.
Luckily for the Detroit Kitte- I mean, Detroit Lions, they have a plethora of needs and a plethora of picks. After exiting the war-room last year, the Chiefs had used their heinous amount of picks to have what seemed like one of the best drafts in 2008.
The Lions have the #1 pick and a later pick in the first round from the Dallas Cowboys, along with the 33rd and 65th picks, and even the Cowboy's third round pick, giving the Lions a lot of chances to find playmakers on both sides of the ball.
Matthew Stafford is becoming the "sexy" pick for the Lions to draft #1 overall. Frankly, I agree. Stafford plays in a pro-style offense at Georgia, allowing him to make an easy transition to the NFL.
Need proof? Matt Ryan, the former #3 overall pick, now starting for the Atlanta Falcons. Is that enough said? If not, then factor in his fantastic arm, something that will excite the Lions, who already have their big wide receiver in Calvin Johnson.
But after that pick is where ____ (whoever Detroit selects to be their general manager) will make his money. The Cowboy's pick will either go to fill needs on the offensive line or on defense. Offensive tackles Jason Smith from Baylor or Cirok Black of LSU should be available there.
The Lions would be taking the same path that the Falcons did, drafting Matt Ryan with their first pick and then drafting their big guy to protect him in Sam Baker. This strategy works because when you draft your franchise quarterback, most of the time the busts are put into a position with a crappy offensive line. When you grab a franchise left tackle to protect him, he has a much higher chance for survival and success.
But the Lions may want to take a defensive player and test that one of those offensive linemen fall to the 33rd pick, or a Phil Loadholt from Oklahoma is available.
If either Rey Maualuga or James Laurinaitis fall to wherever the Lions pick, they should pick either up. The Lions drafted Jordon Dizon in the second round last year, but Dizon is just too small to succeed in the NFL.
The second round will likely be whatever the Lions do not select with their second pick. But what if they grab one of the talented tight ends like Travis Beckum, Brandon Pettigrew or Jermaine Gresham? The Raiders did it in 2006, and Zach Miller has quickly become JaMarcus Russell's top target.
For all we know, Bobby Reid could come out, have a great combine and become the #1 overall pick.
But that's the draft, and that's why I love it.