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Lions fans blow every which way in draft


Lions fans blow every which way in draft
Having the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft is like holding the winning Lotto ticket or choosing the $1 million briefcase right from the beginning or never needing to phone a friend.


It would seem even the Detroit Lions can't mess it up.

Yet the impassioned debate about which player the sad-sack franchise should select first overall -- Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford, Baylor left tackle Jason Smith or Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry -- continues to rage. Fans are split all three ways.

Even the experts can't agree.

"I would expect Stafford to go No. 1, but I don't have any information on what Detroit is thinking," ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. said last week in a conference call. "To me, it's the obvious pick."

The NFL Network's Mike Mayock begs to differ.

"I don't feel the same way about Stafford," he said. "If I'm the Lions, I'd take (Virginia left tackle Eugene) Monroe and worry about quarterback later. I couldn't afford to take a shot (with Stafford) at No. 1 and, if I'm wrong, set the franchise back five years."

The Lions, coming off the first 0-16 finish in NFL history, and with a new coaching staff, can't afford to fumble this pick.

The team's draft record is littered with first-round busts like quarterback Andre Ware (1990), tackle Stockar McDougle (2000), QB Joey Harrington (2002) and wide receivers Charles Rogers (2003) and Mike Williams (2005) -- all on the offensive side of the ball.

Is Stafford the next Peyton Manning?

Will Smith or Monroe emerge as a Pro Bowl offensive lineman, as former University of Michigan standout Jake Long did with the Miami Dolphins last year as No. 1 overall?

Or do the Lions play it safe and select Curry?

The problem for Detroit is the lack of a superstar college performer at the top of this year's draft. The best quarterback prospect, Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford of Oklahoma, returned to school for his junior season.

A pair of Internet fan polls are split -- PrideofDetroit.com has Curry as the clear-cut favorite, while NFL.com has Stafford leading by a large margin.

Or perhaps the Lions find a trade partner for the No. 1 pick.

It's all up for argument until NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell steps to the podium Saturday afternoon and supplies the answer.

Then, let the second-guessing begin.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 22, 2009

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