Since Matt Millen has left, the Lions organization has made some great moves. Now all we need is a good draft to cap a fascinating offseason.
First we got rid of an underachiever in Roy Williams for draft picks that we can use in the rebuilding process. Then we had a productive free agency period, picking up a number of starters to improve our team right away. Anthony Henry and Phillip Buchanon starting at corners will put Travis Fisher at his rightful spot in the Nickel. Daniel Bullocks at one safety spot and the other one is a question mark.
And the latest move, Redding to the Seahawks for perennial Pro Bowler Peterson, which brings me to my point: The debate about who to take with the No. 1 pick.
Matthew Stafford is a hit or miss player, which you can tell by his inconsistencies in college. Jason Smith is good, but with defense being the problem, that needs to be addressed more. The recent acquisition of Peterson will cause a lot of people to assume that Aaron Curry is out of the running for the No. 1 draft pick.
The negatives about Curry at No. 1 is paying three linebackers top-tier money, but we all know that linebackers is the position that wins championships.
When the Patriots were winning, how did they do it? By defense, and what was the strength of that defense? Their linebackers (Vrabel, Bruschi, Colvin). The Steelers have won two of the last four Super Bowls and what was their strength? Linebackers (Porter, Foote, Farrior, Haggans, Harrison, Woodley).
With Sims, Peterson, and Curry, the Lions have the linebacker corps to put them in contention sooner than people think.
They are in a weak division in the NFC North. With their 20th pick in round one, take Peria Jerry to replace the loss of Redding. With the 33rd pick, take Darius Butler.
Now you have a young solid defense that can compete with the best defenses in the league soon.