Schwartz said awhile back that he wouldn't take a headcoaching job unless they had a QB. Or in a position to get one. Seems like Stafford was a draw to him right of the bat. While many fans begged them not to take a QB. Assumed he was doomed to fail from day one are now seeing what I and many otheres seen in Matthew Stafford. An Elite franchise QB who has all the physical tools and the intagibles that are so hard to find. Is he another Peyton Manning or Drew Brees who knows but he is certainly showing the potential to do so. With Calvin Johnson by his side they are turning the NFL on it's head one game at a time. 9 is right now a top 5 QB in the NFL stats wise and fantasy owners are basking in his greatness. Bias aside look at the other options Mayhew was being pressured to pick.
Top of the list was wake forest linebacker Aaron Curry. Seattle has Curry take a pay cut in August. He was solid at times but has now found himself the rumor of trade talks. Curry himself on twitter made comments about the possiblity he could be traded to Carolina or Arizona in the coming weeks. Curry was considered the Lions plan B if they couldn't agree to terms with Matt before the draft. The Gm that drafted Curry is now in Chicago and the new regime has not been impressed.
Rams picked #2 and took left tackle Jason Smith. Remember the Lions needed a tackle they always have. Rams has to switch there franchise left tackle over to the right side after poor play. The Rams tried to give him time but the debate soon started if he could even play at right tackle in the NFL. Poor Jason Smith is now a backup in St Louis after he was benched by the coaching staff.
Andre Smith while still a starting lineman for the Bengals had a lengthy hold out and ended up on IR after an ACL injury. Questions about work ethic and weight problems came about in the draft. Something that really has yet to be answered.
Mark Sanchez was picked by the jets 5th overall and well....FUCK MARK SANCHEZ
Of the top 10 picks in the NFL draft. Stafford, Raji, Tyson Jackson and Eugene Monroe have been the most productive. While Matt has delt with Injury problems there was never really to many questions about his abillity. He is now showing what many of his supporters out of college thought he could do. Perhaps spending sometime on the bench helped him in the long run. To many QBs these days are not given time to develop like they need. I hope seeing Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford all though different situations will help teams stop and think. Back in the day most QBs had 3 or 4 years before they were the starter. Not all QBs need that but I do belive many have failed because they needed it. I don't think there are to many more doubters though in the 2009 1st overall pick debate. Next up the 2010 draft debate. Berry, Suh or McCoy....Nevermind not worth my time.