Matthew Stafford, QB
The Lions quarterback was on pace for a career year last season until a back injury shut him down for the remainder of the season. He had a completion rate of 64.7% with 2,499 yards, 19 touchdowns and five interceptions. He was also averaging the highest yards per throw in his career with 8.6.
With longer than an offseason of rehab and rest, Stafford should be heading into the 2020 season fully healed and healthy. This should be able to lead him to a path to how he was playing last season or even better.
With Stafford back under center, this will benefit all Lions offensive players from putting up better numbers and stats. When Stafford is at his best, he’s one of the better quarterbacks in the league.
While he is not in the same tier as Patrick Mahomes of the Chiefs, Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens and Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks, he can very well be considered a notch below them.
He’s definitely on par with Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints and Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers. And it wouldn’t be a bad decision to draft Stafford ahead of his division rival.