When the Lions choose first in the draft on April 25th, I hope they don't take a quarterback like many others feel. But there is a quarterback out there who I'd use the number one pick to acquire-- Jay Cutler of the Denver Broncos. But whether he's truly available or not remains to be seen.
The Lions need a quarterback with the departure of Kitna and Orlovsky. Culpepper, Stanton and Henson aren't the answer longterm. But Cutler is a budding young star who threw for 4,200 yards last season and is apparently disgruntled in Denver for several reasons. If the Lions can make a deal to get Cutler and it costs them the first round pick so be it. He is proven-- taking a college quarterback with the first pick is a different proposition because none of those guys have any proven NFL experience of course. The risk is much higher than what Cutler would be. Even if Denver wants more than just the first pick I'd consider it.
Yes the Lions need a lot more than just a quarterback. They have acquired a starting defensive back in Anthony Henry from Dallas in the Kitna trade and Tuesday they signed free agent receiver Bryant Johnson to play on the other side of Calvin Johnson. Bryant caught 45 passes last season with the San Francisco 49ers. So the Lions are making moves and that of course is good in that they can't go lower than 0-16 with the previous cast.
But I think Jay Cutler is a quarterback to build a team around. I doubt the deal will happen because Denver can't be stupid enough to let him go-- but if a deal is out there Lions, make it. You'll still have two prominent draft choices at number 20 and 33 to get help elsewherer.