Detroit Lions’ 2010 Draft: Russell Okung and the Difference a Year Makes

April 13, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

What a difference the last season has made.
If the masses will recall, it was this time last season that I was decrying the likely (and inevitable, as it turned out) selection of Matthew Stafford. I wasn’t the only one; so much of the fanbase agreed, Stafford’s greeting to the NFL and the Detroit Lions was a resounding jeer on draft day.
And why were Lions fans so unhappy with the selection? Because most of them wanted an offensive lineman (Jason Smith), or a linebacker (Aaron Curry).
Fast forward to today. Though some hesitate to be completely sold on the kid (count me among them), Stafford has gained acceptance as the team leader.
If the Lions had waited until this year to draft a QB, they would have had to choose from an injury risk (Sam Bradford), the next Brady Quinn (Jimmy Clausen), a project with limited experience reading legitimate defenses (Colt McCoy), and a third-string tight end (Tim Tebow). Stafford is still the same age as most of these gu...

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