Detroit Lions should draft the quarterback who’s like Barry Sanders
THE HARD CHOICE
I have always solidly been in the corner of quarterback Matthew Stafford. But last year was not good. But even with the drafting of Murray, Stafford could be the one to start for the next year or two as Kyler learns the pro game. Which, again, is a lot like the situation for Mahomes, who sat behind quarterback Alex Smith for a year.
This is not an easy choice. This Detroit Lions team is full of holes all over the roster. And building the lines looks like a much larger need – especially for a team in serious need of an actual pass rush and at least one starter on the offensive line.
But if Murray has the potential to be a star, then there is no reason to wait. Murray’s size could be a concern, but the game is changing. Passers are effective moving around the pocket and even outside of it.
This pick has to seriously be considered. If Murray has what it takes, he could change the trajectory of this franchise. Watching, reading, and writing about this team would be a pleasure for the various national networks, shows, and websites that are so opposed to talking Detroit football.
Drafting Murray is a bold move. One that ownership would surely stand against after investing in Stafford.
But if it works, general manager Bob Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia would have a clean slate. They would be the guys that finally brought greatness back to this Detroit Lions franchise. And they would have several seasons to make the leap to that elusive Super Bowl.
One thing is for sure. If Murray is drafted after the Detroit Lions selection (and maybe even just before it), and he becomes the next star of this league, it will not bode well for Quinn and Patricia. Passing on a star athlete at the quarterback position could set this franchise back. Set back to what? Not sure. But with the current state of the team’s irrelevance, does anyone want to find out?