Join us each day as we count down towards the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. The countdown runs from 50 to zero and the number of days remaining will inspire the post for that day. Think of this as your NFL draft paper chain that loses one link each day!
34 days are left until the NFL draft begins with the first round. The Lions won’t be in the market for a quarterback and the number 34 is part of that story.
Flash back to April of 2007. The Lions held the 34th overall pick but the Buffalo Bills wanted it so the two teams made a deal. The Bills traded up and selected linebacker Paul Posluszny while the Lions slid back to the 43rd pick and selected Drew Stanton and added the 74th pick (later traded to the Ravens) for their trouble.
The ESPN.com draft trade tracker offered the following scout’s take on the deal:
After moving back in the second round, the Lions selected their possible quarterback of the future in Drew Stanton. Stanton has all the physical tools to eventually emerge as a frontline starter in the NFL. However, he will need a lot of development and refinement under the guidance Mike Martz. Stanton will also have the ability to sit and learn under starting QB Jon Kitna.
The Bills addressed a major need by moving up in the second round and selecting OLB Paul Posluszny. Posluszny is a throwback linebacker who reminds GM Marv Levy of former Bills linebacker Shane Conlan. Posluszny is a versatile player who could play either OLB or MLB in the Bills’ 4-3 defense. He possesses some size and speed with outstanding instincts. The Bills suffered some major losses on defense in the offseason with the loss of MLB London Fletcher and WLB Takeo Spikes.
This past season showed that Drew Stanton can have some value to the Lions but he is clearly not the organization’s future at quarterback. One has to wonder what would have happened if the Lions stayed with their original pick at number 34 and selected Posluszny for themselves.