Detroit Lions Drafting a QB Now Means Making Same Mistakes As Matt Millen

Mark MorrisContributor IMarch 16, 2009

Defense wins championships. It's an age-old term that has stayed true. Look at the last 10 Super Bowl Champions (Patriots, Steelers, Ravens, Giants, Buccaneers, and Colts). Recall how all of those teams had great defenses, even the Colts, whose defense played amazing that year in the playoffs.

The only team to win as a true offensive team was the Rams in 1999. Plus, they played a team that really didn't belong there in the first place.

But if you look at what the Lions have a chance to do with this draft, it is impossible to pass up Curry with the Np. 1 pick.

With the acquisition of Peterson, the Lions are in position to solidify their defense this year and focus on the offense next year.

Why settle for a QB that they're not sure of this year, when next year's draft you will have three Heisman-worthy QBs to choose from in Tebow, Bradford, and McCoy?

I mean, let's face it, the Lions are not going to turn the team around in one season. It would be great if they could, but there are way too many holes to fix in one offseason.

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That is why I disagree when I hear all these so-called experts say that taking QB Matt Stafford this year is so crucial in order to improve. I am also reminded of how Georgia was ranked first to start the season but fell quickly and finished 10-3.

Meanwhile, you have three guys who want a national championship on their resume before jumping into the NFL. The reason Stafford jumped at the draft this year was because he knew he would be the top available QB. And I don't blame him, either.

With that being said, I come back to the point that the Lions' first three picks should be defense. Curry No. 1, Peria Jerry No. 20, and Robert Ayers No. 33 would be a great set of picks. By doing this, they will be able to gel youth with experience.

Picking an offensive weapon would only continue the draft failures the Lions experienced under the last seven years with former GM Matt Millen at the helm. With him gone, a new day and a new draft philosophy should be in place.