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Lions draft Matthew Stafford with the top pick in the 2009 NFL Draft

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Detroit Lions used their first overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft on quarterback Matthew Stafford. He played college football with the Georgia Bulldogs before departing for the NFL Draft.

This is the second quarterback to go No. 1 overall in the last three NFL Drafts. The Oakland Raiders used the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft on JaMarcus Russell.

Former Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Matthew Stafford calls out an assignment against the Florida Gators
Matthew Stafford calls out an assignment against the Florida Gators (Getty Images)

Stafford is joining a Lions team that went winless during the 2008 season. The team went 0-16 under Rod Marinelli.

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The Lions averaged 16.8 points per game. Their highest-scoring game was a Week 2 loss to the Green Bay Packers when the team scored 25 points in a 48-25 loss.

Detroit had three starting quarterbacks during the season. They were Dan Orlovsky, Jon Kitna, and Daunte Culpepper.

Orlovsky lost seven games. Culpepper lost five games and Kitna lost four.

The 25-year-old Orlovsky went 143 of 255 for 1,616 yards. He threw eight touchdown passes and eight interceptions.

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The 36-year-old Kitna went 68 of 120 for 758 yards. He had five touchdown passes and five interceptions.

Culpepper, the 31-year-old signal-caller, went 60 of 115 for 786 yards. He threw four touchdown passes and six interceptions.

Stafford went 564 of 987 for 7,731 yards in 39 games with the Bulldogs. He had thrown 51 touchdown passes and 33 interceptions.

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 11 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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