Lions Draft Rumors: Trade Down, RB, OL

It sounds like the Lions will be looking for opportunities to trade down from No. 20.

I think we’re going to kind of take it as it comes in the first round and see what’s there in the teens and evaluate what our options are,” GM Bob Quinn said, via Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press. “I’m always in the business of getting more draft picks, if I can. … I think that’s just good for business. The more you get, the more you hit on. “So if we can acquire more picks, that would be something I look forward to. If there’s a player I really like at [No. 20 overall], I’m going to have to go ahead and take the pick.

More from Detroit:

  • Don’t bet on the Lions taking a running back in Round 1. When asked how the addition of LeGarrette Blount impacts his draft strategy at the running back position, Quinn said “it could impact it a little bit,” as Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press writes. “I mean, I think if we had to go a football game today we have enough running backs to be competitive,” he said. “Now, is that saying I’m not going to take one? I don’t know. Tell me who’s going to be on the board in the second, third, fourth round. I mean, I don’t know.”
  • Quinn won’t rule out taking a guard or center on Day 1, however. “If he’s a good football player, and he’s at or near top of the board, I have no problem taking an interior offensive lineman (in the opening round),” Quinn said (via Kyle Meinke of “I’d say in this year’s class, there are a number of them. I think it’s a pretty well-rounded class, guys that have some position flex. Guys that are maybe guards only, or centers only. I think there is a good mix.
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9 comments on “Lions Draft Rumors: Trade Down, RB, OL

  1. diller79

    I could see the Lions trying to move Ameer Abdullah or Theo Riddick in exchange for draft picks and then making a move on drafting a running back

  2. crosseyedlemon

    “I’m always in the business of getting more draft picks, if I can. … I think that’s just good for business. The more you get, the more you hit on.

    This guy belongs in Cleveland where they’ve had 24 picks the past 2 drafts and have hardly got a hit at all.

    • dugdog83

      Quinn is 2 for 2 with drafts so far with both being solid. He hasn’t given us a reason to hate him yet. Got rid of Caldwell brought in his guy.

      Cleveland blew draft picks by selecting garbage players. For example, Peppers will be a terrible Pro and he wasn’t even that good in college. Quinn doesn’t draft names.

      • crosseyedlemon

        If he goes 3 years without being hated in Detroit he probably sets some kind of record. Only makes sense to let a GM bring in his own guy. I don’t think Caldwell could have ever recovered from the debacle that happened while he was with the Colts.

        • diller79

          Ken Holland has been the Red Wings GM since 1997 and he is still very well linked in Detroit. So that’s a couple more then 3 years if I did my math right

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