Detroit Lions Need to Draft a QB at No. 1


Published: April 13, 2009


... the overall No. 1 pick can only bring grief to an NFL team and that those who choose to ignore history are doomed to repeat it.

Tim Couch was the hot shot at Kentucky, and Cleveland made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 1999 NFL draft. Several injury and surgery-riddled seasons later, Couch drifted out of the league after a failed fling with Jacksonville in 2007.

The San Francisco 49ers struck out, too, when they drafted Alex Smith of the University of Utah first overall in the 2005 NFL Draft. Injuries, a frighteningly high turnover rate in offensive coordinators, and a constant state of flux in key offensive personnel hasn't help his cause, but he's currently battling Shaun Hill for the starting nod.

These examples being given, though, there's a substantial difference between the Lions' situation in 2009 and the Browns' and the 49ers' previous predicaments. The latter teams selected quarterbacks with shaky cr...

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