NFL Draft Day 1 Winners and Losers


Published: April 25, 2009


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Like many expected, the Detroit Lions took Matthew Stafford as the No. 1 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.

They're paying Stafford a maximum of $78 million over six years, with $41.7 million being guaranteed to go in Stafford's pocket.

This hefty deal seems to be a big risk for the Lions. If Stafford somehow ends up being a bust, then the Lions could continue to be one of the worst franchises in the league.

However, if Stafford becomes an elite quarterback, then this could be the pick that turns this franchise around.

Day 1 Winners

  1. Lions (Matthew Stafford, Brandon Pettigrew)
  2. Bengals (Andre Smith, Rey Maualuga)
  3. Broncos (Knowshon Moreno, Robert Ayers, Aphonso Smith, Darcel McBath, Richard Quinn)

The Lions added obviously a very talented quarterback ...

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