The 2009 NFL draft will always hold a special place for me because it was the first draft I covered professionally, and it was were the rebirth of my team the Detroit Lions began. General Manager Martin Mayhew fleeced the Dallas Cowboys for a first round pick 20th overall and he began to rebuild a team that was not far removed from a 0-16 campaign. The Lions scored big in this draft and with that let us begin our final look at the NFL draft of 2009.
With the first pick overall the Lions selected QB Matthew Stafford out of
With the 20th overall pick picked up from the Cowboys in the Roy Williams trade. Mayhew took TE Brandon Pettigrew out of
With the 33rd overall pick in the second round the Lions picked up Safety Louis Delmas and he has become a fixture in the Lions secondary. For the record that is three impact starters with their first three picks, and that will be the legacy of this draft for Mayhew and the Lions.
Of course there was a miss in here. In the third round they selected WR Derrick Williams. We understand the team needs to have more at wide out than Calvin Johnson but Williams was a clear miss. So far the only miss in this draft class for the Lions of any consequence. They also landed DT Sammie Lee Hill and RB Aaron Brown who also contributed some.
In the end this draft will be remembered as the birthplace of the Lions rebuild plan. After three season and securing three impact starters we have to give it a final grade of an A.