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Lions select No. 1 and No. 20 in 2009 NFL draft

12/29/2008 - NFL Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions' futility at least has some benefits.

According to the preliminary draft order released by the league on Monday, the Lions will have two of the top 20 picks in the April draft. Detroit became the first team in NFL history to finish 0-16.

The winless season earned the Lions the No. 1 overall pick as well as the No. 20 selection. The latter comes via the October trade that sent receiver Roy Williams to Dallas.

Meanwhile, the Denver Broncos won the tiebreaker among five teams that finished 8-8 and will choose No. 12 overall. Similarly, the New York Jets won the tiebreaker among five 9-7 teams and will pick No. 17.

The Lions haven't had the top overall pick since 1980 when they took Oklahoma running back Billy Sims. He led the league in touchdowns his rookie season and made the Pro Bowl his first three years. But knee injuries ended his career after only five seasons.

The Lions took Boston College offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus with their first-round pick, No. 17 overall, last season. They selected Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson second overall in 2007. He had a breakout season this year with 1,331 receiving yards and a league-leading 12 receiving touchdowns.

The St. Louis Rams will select second in the draft after finishing 2-14 this season. They may or may not have a new coach before selecting. Some players have been lobbying to keep interim coach Jim Haslett, but the team has not tipped its hand.

The Kansas City Chiefs might also have to find a coach before selecting third. Team president and general manager Carl Peterson resigned toward the end of a 2-14 season, putting coach Herm Edwards on the hot seat.

Mike Holmgren will not be coaching whomever the Seattle Seahawks select at No. 4. The 4-12 Seahawks will be coached by Jim Mora as Holmgren is retiring.

The Cleveland Browns keep up the trend of coaching uncertainty on the eve of the draft. Romeo Crennel was fired on Monday, leaving the No. 5 pick to whoever takes over the 4-12 Browns.

The Oakland Raiders (5-11), Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11), Green Bay Packers (6-10) and San Francisco 49ers (7-9) round out the top 10 in the draft.

The Niners removed the interim tag from coach Mike Singletary on Sunday, handing him the full-time coaching job after he finished the season 5-4.