7 Research Notes for Matthew Stafford and related
2009.04.25  Lions All-Time No. 1 Picks
Detroit Lions - First Overall Selections in NFL Draft
Year Player Pos School
2009 Matthew Stafford QB Georgia
1980 Billy Sims RB Oklahoma
1950 Leon Hart DE Notre Dame
1943 Frank Sinkwich RB Georgia
2009.04.25  Lions Draft Picks from SEC
Lions 1st Round Picks from Current SEC Schools - Common Draft Era
Year Player Pos School
2009 Matthew Stafford QB Georgia
1998 Terry Fair CB Tennessee
1985 Lomas Brown OT Florida
1983 James Jones RB Florida
2009.04.25  No. 1 QB Going to Bad Team
Obviously the circumstances were different, but the last time a team drafted a quarterback No. 1 overall after a season in which they played and failed to win a game was 1983. The Colts, coming off an 0-8-1 strike-shortened season, drafted John Elway, who turned out to be pretty good (though not for the Colts).
QB Drafted No. 1 Overall - By Team with 0 or 1 Wins, Common Draft Era
Player Team Super Bowl Titles
'09 Matthew Stafford Lions ?
'83 John Elway Colts 2
'70 Terry Bradshaw Steelers 4
>>Not including expansion teams
2009.04.25  A Lot to Learn for No. 1 Overall QB
So what should Lions fans expect from Matthew Stafford? Well not much the first year. The last five quarterbacks taken No. 1 overall have not done much in their first season, each throwing more interceptions than touchdowns, with the exception of Carson Palmer who held a clipboard his entire rookie year.
Last 5 Quarterbacks Selected No. 1 Overall - In First Season
Player Team TD-Int
'07 JaMarcus Russell Raiders 2-4
'05 Alex Smith 49ers 1-11
'04 Eli Manning Chargers<< 6-9
'03 Carson Palmer Bengals DNP
'02 David Carr Texans 9-15
>> Traded to Giants on Draft Day
2009.04.24  Big Money for Top Picks
Matthew Stafford has agreed to a 6-year deal with the Lions that will pay him $41.7 million guaranteed and could be worth up to $78 million -- easily the largest contract ever for a No. 1 overall pick.
Maximum Contract Value of No. 1 Overall Pick - Since 2004
Year Player Team Contract
2009 QB Matthew Stafford Lions 6-yr/$78M
2008 OT Jake Long Dolphins 5-yr/$57.8M
2007 QB JaMarcus Russell Raiders 6-yr/$68.0M
2006 DE Mario Williams Texans 6-yr/$62.1M
2005 QB Alex Smith 49ers 6-yr/49.5M
2004 QB Eli Manning Giants<< 6-yr/$54.0M
>>Originally drafted by Chargers
7 Research Notes for Matthew Stafford and related