Lions will take Stafford with No. 1 pick

Apr 24th, 2009 | By Pete Dymeck | Category: News

The first pick of the NFL draft is no longer a mystery.

The Lions have agreed to contract terms with Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford, FOXSports.com has learned.

It is a six-year, $78 million deal, with $41.7 million guaranteed.

The two sides have been working on a deal diligently for the past 72 hours.

The team had been negotiating with Stafford and Baylor offensive tackle Jason Smith before ultimately deciding on Stafford as the target.

Stafford has been consistently mentioned as a possible No. 1 overall pick since he announced after the season that he would be leaving Athens a year early to enter the draft.

“I am a competitive guy; I don’t think the Lions are that far off,” Stafford said in an interview earlier this month with Scout.com. “Yeah, it would be a heck of a challenge to be able to go in there and make something special happen.”

At 6-foot-3, Stafford has the size needed to be a franchise NFL quarterback, and the arm strength to go with it. He threw for 3,459 yards and 25 touchdowns in his junior year at Georgia, ending his career with 250 yards and 3 TDs in winning the Capital One Bowl MVP.

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