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Published:April 23rd, 2009 10:05 EST
Detroit Lions Anticipate Turning Around Franchise With Number 1 Pick

Detroit Lions Anticipate Turning Around Franchise With Number 1 Pick

By Christopher HIllenbrand

Detroit Lions` general manager Martin Mayhew reports that the possibility Detroit will be signing a number one draft pick with the team is highly likely before going into the NFL draft which starts on Saturday.

Mayhew began his statement by saying "I hope nobody expectsme to say anything earth-shattering."

Besides releasing the Lions` decision process in choosing eligible candidates for their first overall pick, Mayhew declined comment on whether or not Georgia`s standout quarterback Matthew Stafford is among their final choices.

Analysts predict that Stafford is a key player the Lions will be vying for in the draft in addition to Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry and Baylor offensive tackle Jason Smith.

Phone messages left with agents for Stafford, Curry, and Smith have yet garnered a response as to their clients` signing decisions.

Mayhew also said other teams have expressed "moderate interest", in pursuing a trade for one of the top NFL draft prospects.

After announcing the news, the Lions refused to admit any more regarding their agreements touted as being a postive turn in a franchise encumbered with poor results in recent years.

In a year seeing team president Matt Millen and head coach Rod Marinelli being fired, the Detroit Lions posted the worst mark in NFL history last season, with a perfectly winless record of 0-16. Consequently, vice president Tom Lewand followed Millen as the Lions` president and CEO and assistant general manager assumed the role of GM prior to the start of the 2009 pre-season. Jim Schwartz was brought on as the Lions` new head coach in January.