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Posted: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 10:20 pm | Updated: 12:54 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

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The Detroit Lions have the worst defense in the NFL — one of the worst defenses ever, in fact.

The Lions gave up 517 points last season, second most in NFL history. Only the 1981 Baltimore Colts allowed more (533). Detroit has given up more points than it has scored in each of its last 17 games.

They say defense wins championships. It also wins games. When the Lions start playing competitively on defense, they can start winning games again.

Hiring Jim Schwartz as their new head coach in 2009 was a start. He coordinated defenses at Tennessee the last two seasons that ranked in the NFL’s top seven.

But the Lions need more than a new scheme. They need new players.

The Lions ranked last in the NFL in both defense and run defense in 2009.

Linebacker Aaron Curry of Wake Forest is the best defensive player on the draft board. He can plug in at middle linebacker for the Lions between Julian Peterson and Ernie Sims.

So give Curry to the Lions in this mock draft offering:

1. Detroit

Aaron Curry, OLB, Wake Forest — The first LB taken first overall since ‘88

2. St. Louis

Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia — The Rams aren’t sold on Marc Bulger

3. Kansas City

Jason Smith, OT, Baylor — Best player available at any position upgrades the Chiefs

4. Seattle

Mark Sanchez, QB, USC — Matt Hasselbeck turns 34 in September

5. Cleveland

Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech — The Browns may trade Braylon Edwards before the draft

6. Cincinnati

Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia — The Bengals need to protect QB Carson Palmer better

7. Oakland

Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri — Al Davis sees Tim Brown all over again

8. Jacksonville

Andre Smith, OT, Alabama — Forget his weight — Smith is the best blocker in this draft

9. Green Bay

Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State — Both starting corners are in their 30s

10. San Francisco

Josh Freeman, QB, Kansas State — Could be the Ben Roethlisberger of this draft

11. Buffalo

Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU — NFL’s 22nd-ranked run defense becomes more stout

12. Denver

B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College — Broncos need to get bigger, better in defensive front seven

13. Washington

Aaron Maybin, DE, Penn State — Redskins hope Maybin can give them what Jason Taylor didn’t

14. New Orleans

Beanie Wells, HB, Ohio State — Saints envision Wells as their new Deuce McAllister

15. Houston

Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas — Texans need help for Mario Williams up front

16. San Diego

Knowshon Moreno, HB, Georgia — LT older, Darren Sproles headed toward free agency in 2010

17. NY Jets

Percy Harvin, WR, Florida — With WR Laveranues Coles gone, Jets need big plays on flank

18. Denver

Robert Ayers, DE, Tennessee — Broncos need to get bigger, better in defensive front seven

19. Tampa Bay

Brian Cushing, OLB, USC — Both starting outside linebackers gone from 2008

20. Detroit

Peria Jerry, DT, Mississippi — Both starting defensive tackles gone from 2008

21. Philadelphia

Michael Oher, OT, Mississippi — Andy Reid loves off ensive and defensive linemen

22. Minnesota

Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland — Better receiver play means better quarterback play

23. New England

Rey Maualuga, MLB, USC — Maualuga and Jerod Mayo would forge a dynamic middle

24. Atlanta

Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois — The NFL’s 21st-ranked pass defense needs his cover skills

25. Miami

Clay Matthews, OLB, USC — Bill Parcells loves stocking the defensive front seven

26. Baltimore

Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Okla. St. — Ravens always draft the best value on the board

27. Indianapolis

Ziggy Hood, DT, Missouri — GM Polian is tired of playing with free agents at DT

28. Buffalo

Eben Britton, OT, Arizona — Trading Pro Bowler Jason Peters creates a huge hole at LT

29. NY Giants

Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers — Giants need a size receiver to replace Plaxico Burress

30. Tennessee

James Laurinaitis, MLB, Ohio St. — Quality LBs will go fast in this draft

31. Arizona

Donald Brown, HB, Connecticut — The heir apparent to Edgerrin James

32. Pittsburgh

Eric Wood, C, Louisville — Wood can play inside at center or guard

51. Dallas

Patrick Chung, S, Oregon — Wide receiver a need but safety is a pressing need

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