Nov 10, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) talks with Detroit Lions quarterback Shaun Hill (14) at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions Willing to Consider Drafting a Quarterback

The Detroit Lions have some sorting out to do at quarterback behind Matthew Stafford and their solution could come through the draft.

The Lions have enjoyed a stable quarterback situation for the past three years with Matthew Stafford able to stay healthy but with a capable backup in Shaun Hill behind him. Hill has drawn interest from the New York Jets and St. Louis Rams but has yet to sign. That leaves the door open for a return to the Lions but the cap-strapped team may not ultimately be able to afford him.

That leaves just Kellen Moore on the roster behind Stafford and there isn’t any indication that the Lions have enough confidence to hand him the number two job. If he hasn’t earned that trust yet, he may never and the Lions would be right to make other plans as soon as possible. His arm strength has increased since joining the Lions as an undrafted free agent but still doesn’t possess an NFL-caliber arm. Whatever advantage he may have had from being around the Lions for the past two seasons is minimized with a new coaching staff taking over.

For the Lions, the draft may prove the best option to address their backup quarterback situation as it could yield a player at a much lower cost than Hill and with greater upside than Moore. The trick is balancing that need with the team’s other needs, especially considering the backup quarterback never sees the field in an ideal world.

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