Sayre’s NFL First Round Mock Draft: Stafford Is Lions’ Man


Published: April 23, 2009


... in the annual selection process (the Detroit Lions) has already apparently made their decision.


1. Detroit Lions: Matthew Stafford; Quarterback, Georgia

Once the draft order was finalized, I put Stafford in the number one slot to Detroit.  While the pick changed to Andre Smith and Aaron Curry at one time or another, I always had a gut feeling that the gunslinger from Georgia was their man.  Sure enough, Steve Wyche of is reporting that Stafford and the Lions are close to a deal, and that particular deal could be finalized by Wednesday night.

Stafford had previously told some close friends that he was close to a deal with Detroit, and that it was worth in the ballpark of $40 million in guaranteed money.  Surely, he will be the last number one pick to cash in like that.


2. St. Louis Rams: Jason Smith; Offensive Tackle, Baylor

It is becoming apparent that St. Louis is ...

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