According to Mel Kiper of ESPN, if a re-do took place for 2009 NFL Draft, Matthew Stafford would still be the #1 overall selection of the Detroit Lions.
Stafford has yet to win a playoff game in the NFL and has arguably been an average to slightly above average quarterback when looking at his cumulative career from a statistic point of view. Kiper thinks Stafford has been pretty good and he will get better as time goes by. Here is Kiper’s excerpt from ESPN Insider.
“He’s been a good QB with bouts of greatness, and while you can call modern passing stats inflated, Stafford is on a pace to eclipse 50,000 passing yards in his career. He’s safely past 21,000 yards and is barely 27 years old, and my guess is his best football is in front of him. He isn’t the star at his position that the No. 2 pick on this list (Clay Matthews) is, but Stafford could play another 10 good years.”
As I am sure you remember, the Lions also had the 20th overall pick in the 2009 draft and they selected none other than tight end Brandon Pettigrew. In Kiper’s opinion, if a re-draft were to take place today the Lions would instead draft linebacker James Laurinaitis out of Ohio State. In case you are wondering, Pettigrew ended up going 26th overall to the Green Bay Packers, I’m sure Aaron Rodgers would have loved that.
Hindsight is 20/20 but it looks like, according to Kiper at least, the Lions actually made the correct pick in the 2009 draft. Lions fans can only hope that Stafford’s best days are ahead of him like Kiper claims, because up to this point he has been far from elite.