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 MLive.com) “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.“