But the rest of the picture is they were horrible for years before that, so they constantly had high picks in the draft. Even after getting stafford they had high 1st rounder picks for the next 2 or 3 years. They also did the same thing with Joey Harrington in 2002 with the 3rd overall pick. Detroit picks: 2003 2nd overall pick 2004 7th overall pick 2005 10th overall pick 2006 9th overall pick 2007 2nd overall pick 2008 17th overall pick 2009 1st overall pick 2010 2nd overall pick 2011 13th overall pick My point to this is Detroit is not a good example of a team stuck in mediocrity, that chose to tank 1 year and turned things around. They were a bad team that if they had a good front office would have turned it around much much sooner.