Julian Peterson Trade Guarantees Matthew Stafford To Be Selected First Overall

David Nelson@JvilleJaguarsCorrespondent IIIMarch 14, 2009

In an offseason move on Saturday, the Lions and Seahawks agreed on a trade that sends linebacker Julian Peterson to the Lions for defensive tackle Cory Redding and a 2009 fifth-round draft pick.

With questions arising as to whether or not the Lions were going to look at Aaron Curry as their No. 1 overall pick in April's draft, this trade will more than likely answer that question.

Now with two solid linebackers in Ernie Sims and Julian Peterson, the Lions are going to attack one of the positions where there isn't a solid player to give them a chance at competing, quarterback. The man for the job is Matthew Stafford.

Although this isn't much of a surprise, it does allow the second pick to start focusing on who they will select.

There is small chance that the Lions might draft Baylor's Jason Smith, but it is highly unlikely that they will go into next season with the quarterback situation at hand in Detroit.

The Lions will wait until their second of two first round picks to grab an offensive lineman. 

I would expect them to select Eben Britton of Arizona with the 20th overall selection, and therefore will give Stafford some help on the offensive line.

Britton is the fifth-best tackle in the draft, which puts him behind four very talented players in Jason Smith, Eugene Monroe, Andre Smith, and Michael Oher.

None of those guys will last past pick 15.

Stafford will add a great arm to this team, and already has one of the league's best in Calvin Johnson. 

The question now is what will the other 31 teams do in this year's NFL draft?


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