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  • #31
    Originally posted by tblain1 View Post
    ...and there aren't many teams that go on a long run of being a top NFL team without a top rated defense that can stop the run and put pressure an opposing QB.
    As I've said before: Having a franchise QB does not stop a team from having a top defense. You simply choose to ignore that fact. The top 5 defenses in the league last year all started QB's picked in the first round.

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    • #32
      Originally posted by Halsey View Post
      As I've said before: Having a franchise QB does not stop a team from having a top defense. You simply choose to ignore that fact. The top 5 defenses in the league last year all started QB's picked in the first round.
      So our other options are:
      A) Free agency - which might be difficult as Detroit is not a hot ticket these days.
      B) Rest of the draft - yes we have a lot of picks but the further we get from #1, the less quality you get for your pick.
      C) Trade - not many assets left and most of them are draft picks.

      In general terms, yes having a franchise QB does NOT stop you from having a top 5 defense. Ok...but since we are at the bottom of the pile now, how do you go about building this top 5 defense?

      I'm trying to look at this practically and think "how do you build a top 5 defense" and our best option is to draft the best defensive talent, and to do that we need to use the best picks we have. I'm not saying everything after #1 is chopped liver, but its a step back, and right now we are HORRIBLE on defense. We could use a defensive identity.

      And you are also assuming Stafford becomes a franchise QB. I suppose I am also assuming someone like Aaron Curry becomes a cornerstone LB, but many experts assume Curry is the safest pick in the draft and one of the top three talents, so I'm banking off that.

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      • #33
        Originally posted by georgiafan View Post
        The bears also had a great defense the year they made it to the superbowl. Remember Rex did show signs of being a franchise QB that year. The chance of Stafford becoming a franchise QB is much better then the lions building a defense like the bears had that year.
        The Bears defense carried that team. They went to the SB despite Grossman. I agree about Stafford though.

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        • #34
          Originally posted by tblain1 View Post
          So our other options are:
          A) Free agency - which might be difficult as Detroit is not a hot ticket these days.
          B) Rest of the draft - yes we have a lot of picks but the further we get from #1, the less quality you get for your pick.
          C) Trade - not many assets left and most of them are draft picks.

          In general terms, yes having a franchise QB does NOT stop you from having a top 5 defense. Ok...but since we are at the bottom of the pile now, how do you go about building this top 5 defense?

          I'm trying to look at this practically and think "how do you build a top 5 defense" and our best option is to draft the best defensive talent, and to do that we need to use the best picks we have. I'm not saying everything after #1 is chopped liver, but its a step back, and right now we are HORRIBLE on defense. We could use a defensive identity.

          And you are also assuming Stafford becomes a franchise QB. I suppose I am also assuming someone like Aaron Curry becomes a cornerstone LB, but many experts assume Curry is the safest pick in the draft and one of the top three talents, so I'm banking off that.
          A team can only pick one player per pick so if you have a top pick and you need a QB, pick one because they are the most important single player on a team. Not using the top pick on a defender does not stop the Lions from building their D.

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          • #35
            Originally posted by Halsey View Post
            A team can only pick one player per pick so if you have a top pick and you need a QB, pick one because they are the most important single player on a team. Not using the top pick on a defender does not stop the Lions from building their D.
            exactly. We really have no excuse not to draft Stafford.

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