Tuesday, March 3, 2009

On The Clock: No. 1 Detroit Lions

Record: 0-16, 4th In the NFC North
General Manager: Martin Mayhew, Head Coach: Jim Schwartz (1st Year), Offensive Coordinator: Scott Linehan (1st Year), Defensive Coordinator: Gunther Cunningham (1st Year)

Offense Rankings: No. 30 Overall, No. 27 Scoring, No. 24 Passing, No. 30 Rushing
Defense Rankings: No. 32 Overall, No. 32 Scoring, No. 27 Passing, No. 32 Rushing

Last Five Years: 21-59; Last Playoff Appearance: 1999; Last Playoff Victory: 1991 (38-6 Over the Dallas Cowboys)

2008 Draft: (1-17) OT Gosder Cherilus, (2-45), LB Jordon Dizon, (3-64), RB Kevin Smith, (3-87) DT Andre Fluellen, (3-92) LB Cliff Avril, (5-136) WR Kenneth Moore, (5-146) FB Jerome Felton

Top Picks Last Five Years:
2008 – (1-17) OT Gosder Cherilus, Boston College
2007 – (1-2) WR Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech
2006 – (1-9) LB Ernie Sims, Florida St.
2005 – (1-10) WR Mike Williams, USC
2004 – (1-7) WR Roy E. Williams, Texas & (1-30) RB Kevin Jones, Virginia

Booms: LB Ernie Sims (1st Round 2006), WR Calvin Johnson (1st Round 2007), RB Kevin Smith (3rd Round 2008)

Busts: RB Kevin Jones (1st Round 2004), LB Teddy Lehman (2nd Round 2004), WR Mike Williams (1st Round 2005), DT Shaun Cody (2nd Round 2005), DB Stanley Wilson (3rd Round 2005), RB Brian Calhoun (3rd Round 2006), QB Drew Stanton (2nd Round 2007)

DB Anthony Henry (Trade)
WR Bryant Johnson (Free Agent)
DB Eric King (Free Agent)
RB Maurice Morris (Free Agent)

CB Leigh Bodden (Released)
TE Dan Campbell (Released)
WR Mike Furrey (Released)
QB John Kitna (Trade)
OG Edwin Mulitalo (Released)
FB Moran Norris (FA-San Francisco)
QB Dan Orlovsky (FA-Houston)
SS Dwight Smith (Released)

K Jason Hanson
OG Stephen Peterman

2009 Picks:
Round 1, Selection 1
Round 1, Selection 20 (from Dallas)
Round 2, Selection 1
Round 3, Selection 1
Round 3, Selection 18 (from Dallas)
Round 5, Selection 1
Round 6, Selection 1
Round 6, Selection 20 (from Dallas)
Round 7, Selection 1

Team Needs – Players of Interest:
1. Quarterback:
Matthew Stafford, Georgia; Mark Sanchez, USC; Josh Freeman, Kansas St.; Nate Davis, Ball St.
2. Offensive Tackle: Jason Smith, Baylor; Eugene Monroe, Virginia; Michael Oher, Ole Miss; Andre Smith, Alabama
3. Defensive Tackle: B,J. Raji, Boston College; Peria Jerry, Ole Miss
4. Cornerback: Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State; Vontae Davis, Illinois; Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest; Jairus Byrd, Oregon; D.J. Moore, Vanderbilt; Darius Butler, UConn
5. Linebacker: Aaron Curry, Wake Forest; Rey Maualuga, USC; James Laurinaitis, Ohio State. Brian Cushing, USC
6. Wide Receiver: Jeremy Maclin, Missouri; Percy Harvin, Florida; Darrius Heyward-Bey, Maryland

Photo Credit: College Press Box (Boston College), SEC Sports Media