For 12 seasons, we knew one thing was certain on Sundays. Matthew Stafford was our Quarterback. As Detroit Lions fans we sometimes didn’t realize how great he could be at times. Then he gets injured last year, and we got to see David Blough start. Now we don’t have Stafford as he leads the LA Rams to success, and we watch Goff fail at playing Quarterback.
Despite a lack of team success, Matthew Stafford justified his status as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. An early career narrative he was injury-prone gave way to 136 straight regular season starts before a back injury cost him the second half of the 2019 season.
But the Lions have two first-round picks in next April’s draft, with the second coming via the trade that sent Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams last offseason. Taking a quarterback with that late first-rounder is certainly a possibility.
The consensus looking toward the 2022 NFL Draft says there is no quarterback prospect worth of the No.1 overall pick, and for some none are even top-10 worthy. To put it bluntly, there is no Stafford, Trevor Lawrence, Andrew Luck, etc. type of quarterback prospect in the 2022 class. For the Lions, who are on a fast-track to a top-five pick, that’s not good news as they go through a gap year (or two) with Jared Goff. https://sidelionreport.com/2021/10/27/lions-2022-nfl-draft-quarterback-prospect-draws-matthew-stafford-comparison/
Stafford has 2,172 19 Touchdowns on the season while Goff has 1773 Yards and 8 Touchdowns on the 2021 NFL Season.
Part 2 of this series will come later today since DeSean Jackson wants trade out of LA and DeSean Watsons season hangs in limbo.