I've seen where some indicate they will be "booing" Matt Stafford if he is the pick -- I don't see why. I hear "It's a Millen move" -- and don't see how anything that Mayhew and Co. have done this ifseason that is even close to Millenesque.
Blackhat24 on the Mlive Lions forum put it better than my rambling thoughts I had written, so I'll post it here. Also, don't forget to read all the great comments on the last story -- lots of them there, with great insight and thoughts!
You posed the question "Why not wait till next year to take a QB?". That is a perfectly reasonable thought. Here's what has influenced my thinking;
1. First, there are quite a few uncertainties surrounding the availability of a top-prospect for next year. Will Sam Bradford come out early? If he does, will the Lions be in a position to take him? I am aware, of course, that there will be other options, and some of them look pretty good, though aside from Bradford I do not see anyone who measures up to Matt Stafford...at least right now.
2. But a more compelling reason that I think that the Lions are seriously considering Stafford is this; If we assume that there is a developmental period consisting of a season where the new QB is getting prepared for full-time duty, (and that seems to be the common assumption) then taking a QB in 2009 means that he ought to be ready in 2010.
On the other hand, if we wait another year, it serves to delay the beginning of the developmental process one more season. If the Lions land Tim Tebow, for example, in the 2010 draft, and if there is a necessary break-in period, that means that our new quarterback will not be ready till 2011.
So far as I'm concerned, if we are going to be faced with postponing the installation at all, then let's get on with the process and hope that it accelerates the hoped-for rise by the Lions by one year.
Making it very clear; I acknowledge that Aaron Curry is a wonderful player who has displayed class and dignity in the lead-up to the draft. I'd love to see him in the middle of the Lion defense, but if there is a crowd that is determined to boo and complain about the possible selection of Matt Stafford, that group will not include me. No sir, if Matt Stafford becomes a Lion, then it means that we're counting on him in a big way, and I've waited entirely too long to witness any significant amount of success from the Lions.
Whichever way this thing goes, so far as I am concerned, any new hope for the future is entirely welcome around Ford Field. His name can be Stafford, Curry or any of several other possibilities, but as a loyal Lion fan I expect to support his arrival no matter who he is.
We are all passionate Lions Fans who want the team to win. I like how Mayhew is running the show -- I"m giving him a cautiously optimistic shot with his building process until shown that such trust is misplaced. I'm hoping all of you fellows give him -- and the newly drafted Lions from this weekend, and newly signed FA from this Ifseason -- give him your support and positive energy as well.