Matthew Stafford Not The Answer To Detroit's Woes

James Anthony FieldsContributor IMarch 10, 2009

I am tired of the nonsense! There is no possible way that the Detroit Lions will spend their first pick of the NFL Draft on Matthew Stafford.

No possible way!

First of all, he is not worthy of the No. 1 pick.

Don't get me wrong—Stafford is a good player, but not a great one! He is an unproven quarterback who has a great arm and tons of "untapped" potential, but the Lions need an impact player who will immediately help them win games this year.

There is a sense of urgency within the locker room and with management to prove that Lions are an up and coming team, who will not let the deficiency of last year hold them down to maintaining a successful year. This is equated to being over 500 and/or making the playoffs.

Secondly, as quiet as it's kept, they've already have their franchise quarterback on their current roster and his name is Drew Stanton. 

Stanton is a future starter in the NFL. Mark my words, he will be a threat either in Detroit or elsewhere, but he will be a threat somewhere.  

Thirdly, clearly through their close acquisition of Jay Cutler from the Denver Broncos, the Lions have proven to the league that they are looking to sign a quarterback next season. However, they have more pressing needs than at quarterback.

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The offensive and defensive lines, linebacker, safety, and tight ends will be primary concerns for the Lions. Not to mention, the available quarterbacks in this year's draft is very deep.

They should be able to draft a comparable quarterback to Stafford in the late first, or even early second rounds. Mark Schancez, Josh Freeman, and others will all be available.

Ideally with the first pick, Detroit will take either the best offensive or defensive player available. Although Jason Smith is the obvious pick for the Detroit Lions, I think they will go in another direction.

With the supporting cast that has been signed through free agency, I think all signs point towards the defensive side of the ball.

Thus, as stated before, my prediction is that the Lions will take Aaron Curry from Wake Forest University. He is the most dominating player available, and we would welcome in Detroit for many years to come.

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