2009 NFL Draft
2008 RECORD: 0-16
LAST SEASON: Made NFL history, becoming the first 0-16 team. Matt Millen was fired as team president three games into the season with a 31-84 record over seven-plus years. The third coach Millen hired, Rod Marinelli, was fired after the season with a three-year mark of 10-38. Detroit signed Daunte Culpepper off the sideline of his son's football team in November and he started five days later, becoming one of five QBs to take a snap during the dubious season. Lions' saving grace was getting a first- and third-round pick from Dallas for WR Roy Williams, giving them five of first 82 picks.
THEY NEED: A lot. Seriously, though: QB, LB, OG, DT, DE, CB, S.
THEY DON'T NEED: K, P.
POSSIBLE FIRST PICK: QB Matthew Stafford, OT Jason Smith, LB Aaron Curry.
OUTLOOK: Lions have been negotiating with their top targets - none of whom they will identify - for No. 1 pick overall, hoping to agree to a win-win deal before draft. Detroit desperately needs franchise QB, and Culpepper no longer qualifies. But giving Stafford $30-plus million in guaranteed money might make Smith or Curry more attractive (and affordable) options. Lions have chance to address their many needs with two picks in first round, one in second and two in third.