How Will the Lions Rookies Fair Next Season?

Rob B.Contributor IJune 6, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 25:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stands with Detroit Lions #1 draft pick Matthew Stafford at  Radio City Music Hall for the 2009 NFL Draft on April 25, 2009 in New York City  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

His name is called, he approaches the podium, suddenly the room fills with boo's. Matthew Stafford was just selected by the Detroit Lions.

Not many fans know that much about him, however the objection came because they believe a quarterback wasn't the biggest need on this team. However the Lions front office did.

So what do i expect from the number one pick in the draft this year? How about all the Lions draft picks this year? That's why i am predicting what kind of season each of the Lions rookies are gonna have next year.

Matthew Stafford—Coming into this season the two quarterbacks Stafford and Culpepper will being fighting for the starting quarterback job. Culpepper will win it, not because of his skill but his experience. I see Stafford jumping in a game that is out of reach. My guess is between week 4-6. From there he will probably start. So basically i will write him down for ten and a half games started for the 2009 season.

Matthew Stafford projected stats—11 games, 2600 yards, 12 TDs, 14 Int's

Brandon Pettigrew—Many people were upset when the Lions made this selection. However what they don't realize is this move really helps one of the worst positions they had last year. Right away Pettigrew will see some starting action. Also when Stafford is thrown in the starters role, Pettigrew is gonna have to bail him out alot.

Brandon Pettigrew—16 games, 580 yards three TDs

Louis Delmas—Delmas has nearly locked the starting position. He is a small guy, but boy can he hit. Even if somehow he didn't crack the starting lineup, he will clinch the special teams player of the year. Even though that's not really coveted. Louis will prove to be a solid pick by jumping on a few bad passes up the middle.

Louis Delmas—16 games, 77 Tackles, three INTs.

DeAndre Levy—Levy probably won't make the starting lineup. Which should be expected because he is a third round pick. However, i expect him to have an Alex Lewis effect to the Lions new system.

DeAndre Levy—16 games, 33 Tackles, one Sack.

Derrick Williams—Don't expect to see much out of him from the passing game. However, on the return team he could be a game changer. Now he's not Devin Hester but the Lions finally will return a kick for a touchdown this season, thanks to this guy.

Derrick Williams—22 yards per return, one return TD, 320 receiving yards.

Sammie Lee Hill—He is a small town guy, so don't expect to much out of him. However, the Lions don't have much depth at defensive tackle so he could possibly crack the starting lineup late in the season.

Sammie Lee Hill—nine games, 18 Tackles, two Sacks

As far as the rest of the picks go, most of these guys are either practice squad players or last minute cuts.

As far as the Lions record goes, to me its all up in the air. As far as the rookies, each of these guys I estimate to be around these numbers. They are "expected numbers" per-say. So if the Lions want to succeed this season, it can't be all put on the rookies. Everyone is going to have to contribute.


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