To Stafford, or not to Stafford. That is the question for the Detroit Lions.
I’m not completely sold that Georgia QB Matthew Stafford is the right choice with the top overall pick in the draft, because the Lions have a multitude of issues. And most of those can’t be solved by Stafford. I believe he will be a fine quarterback in the NFL, but he’s not going to address the Lions’ major problem: TICKET SALES!
The solution for the Lions in my opinion is Michael Vick. Why Vick?
- Rest assured the Lions would have one of the top three running games in the NFL next season with Vick under center.
- Vick would help the defense because of ball control and his unusual propensity to keep the chains moving.
- Most importantly for the Lions, Vick is “recession-proof” — he would sell out Ford Field.
Look, don’t send me e-mails about Vick. He was a part of HEINOUS act, and he has served his time — unlike a couple of other conspirators in the dogfighting ring.
Back to the Lions and their picks. The Lions should draft former Baylor OT Jason Smith at No. 1 to shore up their offensive line. They should use their second first-round pick (at No. 20) on the most disruptive defensive lineman they can find. I have them taking LSU DE Tyson Jackson in version 3.0 of my mock draft. The Lions — who own three of the top 33 picks — should use the rest of their selections on defensive linemen to cover up stud linebackers Julian Peterson and Ernie Sims.
— Jamie Dukes