NFL Draft 2009: How Does The Julian Peterson Trade Effect The Top Five?


Published: March 15, 2009


... Lions for defensive tackle Corey Redding.

Now, the reality: this deal makes an enormous impact on the top few picks. Let's discuss this deal's impact on a few teams.

No. 1: Detroit Lions

By acquiring Peterson to play next to Ernie Sims, the Lions actually have two solid linebackers to anchor a new-look defense. Redding will be replaced by free agent acquisition Grady Jackson, and Philip Buchanon adds depth to the secondary. The Lions have made significant moves this off season to bolster their defense, and this might be the crowning move.

The majority of on-looking fans have assumed that the Detoit Lions were going to use the top pick in the draft on former Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford. However, because of his incredible talent and overwhelming showing at the combine, Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry's name had at least maintained position in the discussion. Curry is likely to remain on the board past the top spot now.


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