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The Lions’ best pick in each NFL Draft since 2000

2009: Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia

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The man the fans love to hate. The 2009 draft class brought in a decent haul for the Lions, including their all important franchise quarterback.

Stafford was the No. 1 overall pick and beat out fellow first-rounder Brandon Pettigrew, second-rounder Louis Delmas, and third-rounder DeAndre Levy for No. 1 in the class.

The closest competition to Stafford was Levy, but Stafford has been more durable lately in his career, and while Levy’s peak play is very good, so is Stafford’s. In a Lions uniform, Stafford has thrown for nearly 26,000 yards and 163 touchdowns.

Stafford is considered by most to be the best quarterback the Lions have ever had, and holds every major franchise passing record.

Written by Ryan Griffin

My name is Ryan, I'm the Pistons editor for DSN. My hobbies include listening to better music than you and watching unhealthy amounts of Always Sunny.

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