2009 NFL Draft: Why the Lions Should Not Take a QB With No. 1 Pick

Scotty KaneContributor IApril 16, 2009

The Detroit Lions have many positions to address in the NFL Draft.

The team just went 0-16. They do not want a repeat of that—no, not at all.

Some may think the Lions should use that first overall pick on a quarterback, specifically Matt Stafford.

I, however, don't think they should draft Stafford.

I know the quarterback position is the most important job out on the field, but that Lions have many problems they need to deal with, not just at the signal calling position. And even though they went 0-16 last year, they still have some talented players to work with, like Calvin Johnson, Kevin Smith, and Ernie Sims.

While some may believe conventional wisdom states that drafting a quarterback with the No. 1 pick can solve all your problems, that school of thought is flawed in the case of the Lions.

First off, one must wonder who's going to protect said quarterback. The Lions offensive lineman didn't help Kitna, Orvlosky, or Culpepper, did they?

Is your defense going to get you important stops during the games? The Lions defense was atrocious last season, and they certainly have some issues to address there.

Stafford would get thrown around like a rag doll. It wouldn't be pretty.

Don't get me wrong, Stafford has amazing talent, and I think he would make a great QB some day, but he's not a great all-around quarterback who would be worthy, for certain, of the No. 1 pick.

Instead, I think the Lions should draft an offensive lineman. A Jason Smith, or Eugene Monroe, for that matter, would compliment this team much more than Stafford could. Meanwhile, they can address the quarterback situation later in the rounds.

That's my view on it.