10 years ago: Detroit Lions draft QB Matthew Stafford No. 1 overall
Ten years ago, on April 25, 2009, the Detroit Lions drafted quarterback Matthew Stafford with the No. 1 overall pick.
The Lions were coming off their historic 0-16 season in 2008 and were looking to turn the page - quickly.
In 2009, there was a strong debate among Lions fans about taking Stafford with the No. 1 pick. Many fans wanted the team to take Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry.
The Lions took Stafford and the rest is history. As it turned out, Curry, who was drafted by Seattle, turned out to be mostly a bust. He retired in 2013.
Although Stafford has yet to lead Detroit to a playoff win or division title, he has become the franchise leader in all passing categories, including passing yards, touchdowns and games played for a quarterback.