Detroit Lions Draft Analysis


Published: April 26, 2009


... hope they get a little bit more of it on Sundays.

With such a wide variety of needs, there really was no position Detroit couldn't touch in this draft, and undoubtedly at its conclusion there will still be additional holes to patch.  Here's how it has shaken out.


Round One, pick one (First overall) - Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia

Profile: Much has been made of Stafford's big arm.  He can make all the throws you would expect an NFL starter to make.  He's mobile enough to stay upright and played amongst elite competition at the college level in the SEC. 

On the down side, his completion percentage was a tad low, though it did improve every season, and he throws more interceptions than one might like to see.  He should be helped by the pro-style system he ran for four years.

Fit: Stafford seems to be a candidate for the Carson Palmer treatment as a rookie, given the lack of stability on the offens...

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