With The First Pick In The FanIQ NFL Mock Draft, The Detroit Lions Select...
Our first pick comes courtesy of Sean, over at Pride of Detroit. Enjoy.
Strengths And Weaknesses: As you might have guessed, the Lions don't have a whole lot of strengths. Kicker Jason Hanson and wide receiver Calvin Johnson are probably the best two players on the team, which says a lot about the current state of the roster. Kevin Smith is a promising young running back and Ernie Sims could potentially be an elite linebacker, but that's about as good as it gets on the strengths side of things. For weaknesses, I would say the entire defense, the offensive line, and the group of wide receivers not named Calvin Johnson are all weaknesses. Linebacker has been improved, as has the secondary, but there is still a lot of work left to do.
Potential Draft Picks: There are really only two names being mentioned as serious contenders for the top overall pick. Quarterback Matthew Stafford and offensive tackle Jason Smith have garnered all the attention, and most people believe one of them will be the top pick. If I had it my way, I would throw linebacker Aaron Curry's name into the discussion, and probably offensive tackle Eugene Monroe's, too. Curry and Monroe aren't likely going to be picked considering there has been such little mention of either of them when the top pick is talked about, but who knows, maybe the Lions are going to throw us a curve ball.
The Pick: When it comes to the top pick, I would prefer the Lions select Aaron Curry, LB from Wake Forest. It would be a tad risky since he would have to switch to middle linebacker, but I would take him over Matthew Stafford any day. In fact, I would take Jason Smith over Stafford as well. People are really over-blowing the Lions' QB situation. Yes, they are in need of a franchise QB, but it's not a necessity right now. This is a team that went 0-16 last season. Adding a QB that would more than likely sit on the bench for the majority of the season is not going to improve this team. Down the road it might help if Stafford turns out to be good, but I'm not all that confident he will. It's just too big of a gamble to spend the top pick on a QB that doesn't seem like he is that elite of a player. The Lions have so many needs that they can't get pressured into drafting a QB now when someone like Curry or Smith could come right in and start. I hope I'm wrong about Stafford since the Lions seem like they will take him, but I personally would go in another direction.