Keep Millen's Tendencies Away from the Lions

chris kauffmanContributor IMarch 22, 2009

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 28: Fans hold signs indicating the impending record of the Detroit Lions during a game between the Lions and the Green Bay Packers on December 28, 2008 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Lions 31-21. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

When determining what you should do with the Lions first overall pick, think of what Matt Millen would have done. 

Now most people would say that he would have gone for Michael Crabtree and I wouldn’t put it past him.  But the next position he would look to upgrade would be quarterback.  He was always looking for a quick fix. 

Drafting a QB is never a quick fix.  A team must invest time to ensure that the QB will succeed in the organization.  You can not just through them into the huddle and expect them to take you to the Super Bowl, playoffs, or even to win the division. 

There are always exceptions to this and it was proven last year with Ryan and Flacco.  But how often has a QB in the top five picks gone on to have success with a struggling team.  Does a team want to deal with a Ryan Leaf outcome?

Detroit has many positions that still need to be addressed.  They have made a good strides in trying to improve problem areas.  They have improved there secondary and linebacking core, but they need to continue retooling their defense, as well as offensive line. 

I’m not saying take a lineman with the first pick, but Aaron Curry at linebacker would be there best bet.  Use the No. 20 pick or a left tackle and the No. 33, for either a defensive end or tackle.

Even if the Lions go the route I listed above, I don’t think that they will be a deep playoff  contentor but maybe a wildcard.  There is a lot of great college quarterbacks coming into the 2010 draft that are more talented than Stafford or Sanchez.  And who knows maybe Drew Stanton will show some light.


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