With the First Pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions Select…

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Published: April 18, 2009

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... After an 0-16 season, I could see the Lions making the playoffs.  Not likely, of course, but with the right coaching anything could happen. I believe in Jim Schwartz.

I see no problem with Detroit drafting a quarterback in this draft, but I don't want to see it in the first round. Although Matthew Stafford can be a great QB, I haven't entirely given up on Daunte Culpepper. Something I'm in the minority on.

If the Lions can't manage to trade out of the first pickwhich is most likely impossibleI would prefer to see them draft Eugene Monroe. I firmly believe in building your team in the trenches. No matter how great a quarterback you are, without offensive lineman to block for you, you're never going to succeed.

Drafting Monroe would benefit the Lions in two ways. They would have a starter at left tackle from day one, and an instant upgrade at left guard. That makes Daunte Culpepper a better ...

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