The Detroit Lions Can Wait on Their “Franchise QB”


Published: April 14, 2009


... eight years of draft failures and don't go with the high profile skill position. But I have an eerie feeling that they haven't, and will take Matthew Stafford with the No. 1 pick.

Stafford does have some good qualities about him. He has a strong arm, he played against the best defenses in college (SEC), and he played in a pro-style offense. Also even though he has been criticized for coming out after his junior season, he has started for three years because he played his freshman year.

That is the same experience as most college QB's who stay until graduation. In comparison Stafford started 34 games, and Matt Ryan started 32. So I don't see that being as much of a hindrance as people are making it out to be.

He might turn out to be a great pro QB. If the Lions pass on him and he turns out to be a perennial pro bowler it will definitely sting, but I don't believe it will hurt us as bad as if we draft him and he turns out to...

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