Let the draft debate begin …

After a history-making 0-16 season, the only consolation for Detroit are these words: The Lions are now on the clock.

In fact, the teams at the top of the 2009 NFL Draft are. The official order of the first round of the draft still is being worked up and finalized, but here is the order of the first nine picks of the draft on Apr. 25-26.

1. Detroit — A franchise QB or linchpin left tackle would be enticing.

2. St. Louis — If the Lions don’t take an OT, the Rams will.

3. Kansas City — Could this be the year the Chiefs go quarterback in round one?

4. Seattle — An offensive line that was old and injured needs help.

5. Cleveland — Defense, defense, defense.

6. Cincinnati — More defense for Ohio.

7. Oakland — A big-time wide receiver would help JaMarcus Russell.

8. Jacksonville — After losing so many offensive linemen this season, it would be nice to add one.

9. Green Bay — A run stuffer who also could get some QB pressure is ticketed for Green Bay.

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