For supporting NCAA's "Stay in School" Drive.
With the 0-16 Detroit Lions holding the first pick in the NFL draft, how many Juniors will opt to stay in college for another year? Will Sam Bradford really come out to join that team? How about Tebow? I think this has to be a big disincentive to coming out early.
Anybody remember the success that David Carr had with the Texas Texans organization? While the Texans were an expansion team, and the Lions have a history (Didn't Barry Sanders play there; let's not forget Rodney Peete), I'm not sure that they would be any new player's first choice of a team, regardless of the potential payday that comes with being picked #1.
One must feel sorry for top senior players, such as USC's Rey Maualuga, who may be looking at being the #1 overall pick as a defensive player. Sure, the Lions could use defense, an offense, special teams, and coaching. Unless the NFL expands the schedule for next year, next year's Lions team could only be worse in statistical categories, and the win-loss record won't drop.
Anyway, on behalf of college football fans everywhere, "Thank you Detroit Lions, for being such a miserable team that football players would rather stay in school to finish their education!"
Enjoy the rest of the bowl games. This has been a great year so far, with only two games that have not been competitive.
Go Trojans, Fight On!