Stafford Is Only Choice For Lions
The Detroit Lions are doing what the team with the top overall selection in the NFL draft always does. They're keeping their options open. They're refusing to tip their hand. They're preparing to launch contract negotiations with several players, giving the impression that whichever player agrees to the "right" deal before the draft will be the choice. They're giving other teams a chance to make an overwhelming trade offer, despite the fact that no other club seems particularly eager to have the top pick.
In the end, though, there's only once choice for the Lions to make.
They need to draft Matthew Stafford, the Georgia quarterback.
The NFL is about quarterback play, especially at a time when the league has tweaked so many rules to favor those who throw the football and the receivers to whom they throw it.
If you don't have a franchise quarterback, you need to get one. Or at least try to get one.
The Lions certainly don't have a franchise quarterback.
They're coming off the first 0-16 season in the history of the NFL.
There simply is no decision to be made here.
This won't be a quick fix like the turnarounds crafted by Matt Ryan in Atlanta and Joe Flacco in Baltimore last season. Those rookie quarterbacks had plenty of help. Stafford won't have nearly enough help in Detroit.
But if you can fix the quarterback position on your team in this league, you end up fixing plenty of other things around it. Even if Stafford is a couple years away from being ready to be a winning NFL quarterback, that's fine. The Lions are a couple years away from being ready to be a winning NFL team.
Aaron Curry is a very good linebacker. Jason Smith is one of a few very promising left tackles in this draft. Michael Crabtree is a potentially dominant receiver.
For the Lions, the cupboard is empty at the most important position in the sport.
They don't have a quarterback.
They need to get one.
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