To Pick or Not to Pick: That Is the Detroit Lions’ Question


Published: March 11, 2009


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He could be good; he could be a bust.


He’s not talented enough to be an absolute certainty—like say a Peyton Manning, or a John Elway, guys who couldn’t fail in the NFL as they were just so talented.


That’s the type of talent you use a No. 1 pick on.


Teams like New England, Pittsburgh, Dallas—teams that generally win—wouldn’t waste a number-one pick on a so-so quarterback, as they know they can basically get the same level of player in later rounds over the next few drafts.


The smart move for Detroit is to pick the best player on the board who addresses a need. And that isn’t Stafford.


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