According to an ESPN poll on their NFL page, fans have voted that the Lions should select another player besides Matthew Stafford.
Question is/was as follows:
Who would you select No. 1 if you ran the Lions?
- Michael Crabtree (8%)
- Aaron Curry (15%)
- Mark Sanchez (11%)
- Jason Smith (23%)
- Matthew Stafford (43%)
Now, at first glance, it would seem like Matthew Stafford is being selected as the favorite. But, I interpret this as saying that Stafford is not impressive enough to swing the majority of the vote. Interesting facts about this poll:
- 38% of all voters were split between Curry and Smith
- Michigan voters went 69% in favor of either Curry or Smith, leaving Stafford with only 23% of the remaining vote.
- Georgia voters went 55% in favor of Stafford, with similarly high percentages coming from surrounding southern states who saw him compete regularly.
I found this poll overly interesting for many reasons, but mostly because I feel that it shows an overall disapproval of Stafford as the #1 pick. If he were overwhelmingly the option for the Lions (as Kiper and McShay would have us believe), he would not be in such question by fans and other media alike.
Daunte Culpepper is not the answer in the long run for Detroit. No one in the Pride is claiming that. And honestly, I'm tired of hearing that argument. Stafford is not the answer long-term either, and I have a feeling that the common sentiment that is being displayed by fans will convince the Lions front office of that, if it hasn't already.