1 Day remains until we can stop wondering about the 2010 Detroit Lions and actually start watching them on the field. In thinking about the Lions and their seemingly perpetual rebuilding, I was once again reminded of the importance of nailing your draft picks in round 1.
While great organizations can find productive players throughout the draft, the Matt Millen-era Lions failed to come away with productive players when given the pick of virtually anyone. Forget stunting growth, a draft record like that doesn’t even let growth begin.
The Lions didn’t find their franchise quarterback in Joey Harrington or star receivers in Charles Rogers or Mike Williams. They traded up to get Kevin Jones who turned out to be another disappointment.
This time has to be different. Matthew Stafford has already shown a side that Joey never had with his gutsy performance against Cleveland. Calvin Johnson is a quiet star that doesn’t seem to have the baggage or diva attitude of other first round wide receivers the Lions have tried. Jahvid Best’s blazing speed is the kind of elite skill that the Lions haven’t had in the backfield in quite some time.
There is still a lot that has to go right before we can deem this iteration a success. We have sat at this point and found positive signs to point towards to talk ourselves into an optimistic outlook. Is this time for real? We’ll see, but so far it looks like this regime can find talent in round 1, and beyond.