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2009 NFL Draft - Detroit Lions
Round Pick # Overall Player Pos. Class School
1 1 1 Matthew Stafford QB Jr Georgia
1 20 20 Brandon Pettigrew TE Sr Oklahoma State
2 1 33 Louis Delmas S Sr Western Michigan
3 12 76 DeAndre Levy LB Sr Wisconsin
3 18 82 Derrick Williams WR Sr Penn State
4 15 114 Sammie Lee Hill DT Sr Stillman
6 19 191 Aaron Brown RB Sr TCU
7 19 227 Lydon Murtha T Sr Nebraska
7 26 234 Zack Follett LB Sr California
7 46 254 Dan Gronkowski TE Sr Maryland

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.


New York Life Protection Index Analysis
Detroit Lions
SeasonRankProtection IndexPrevious Protection IndexChangeOffensive Linemen Drafted
2010870.354.3  16.0Jason Fox (T) - Miami (FL) 
20092154.345.9  8.4 
20082845.957.5  -11.6Gosder Cherilus (T) - Boston College 
20072257.547.0  10.5Manny Ramirez (G) - Texas Tech 
20062547.052.8  -5.8Jonathan Scott (T) - Texas 
20051852.845.6  7.2 
20042245.665.9  -20.3 
2003565.963.3  2.6 
2002963.335.9  27.4Matt Murphy (T) - Maryland 
20013035.933.7  2.2Jeff Backus (T) - Michigan, Dominic Raiola (C) - Nebraska 
20002933.738.4  -4.7Stockar McDougle (T) - Oklahoma 
19992838.441.3  -2.9 
19982441.355.2  -13.9 
19971155.254.8  0.4Juan Roque (T) - Arizona State, Tony Ramirez (T) - Northern Colorado 
19961354.875.9  -21.1Jeff Hartings (C) - Penn State 
1995275.964.8  11.1Hessley Hempstead (G) - Kansas 
19941164.844.3  20.5 
19932444.3N/AN/AMike Compton (G) - West Virginia 
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