Lions Discuss Trading Back From No. 3

The Lions have talked with other clubs about potentially trading back from the No. 3 overall pick in the draft, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter) hears. The teams that want to move up “have been receptive,” Rapoport writes, so a trade could happen between now and when everyone logs on to the virtual podium.

For months, the Lions have been connected to Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah. The chatter has only increased in recent weeks, following the trade of Darius Slay to the Eagles. Okudah is widely regarded as the top cornerback in the draft and would be a logical fit for Detroit, but the Lions may feel that they can move down the board, get their guy, and add some additional ammo to their stockpile of picks.

The NFL Draft, of course, is completely unpredictable, but it’s fair to say that any team trading up to the third pick would not be chasing Okudah. Instead, any trade up to No. 3 would probably be for a quarterback – if the Bengals select Joe Burrow at No. 1 and the Redskins take Chase Young at No. 2, every other signal caller will be there for the taking. That includes Alabama star Tua Tagovailoa, who has received positive marks on his medical recheck and released promising workout videos.

The Dolphins are believed to have Tagovailoa in their sights. With the No. 5 pick, No. 26 pick, and even more in their arsenal, they’d be a logical candidate to swoop in. The Lions may also choose to wait until April 23rd before making any moves, just in case the Redskins throw everyone for a loop and pass on Young.

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27 comments on “Lions Discuss Trading Back From No. 3

  1. ChiTownFanTilDeath

    Detroit should shock the NFL and grab a QB. Stafford will never get them into the top two of the NFC North

    • nickolai

      No there defense will never get them to the top..it doesn’t matter who’s their QB when you give up 30 points a game.

        • jawinks

          I’m with you on that, Appalachian. Stafford wasn’t even around a good chunk of last season and the offense still took long leads with a third-string QB that the defense blew for them. They need to tighten up the DL.

      • Thomas Bliss

        Agreed. To both of y’all. Honestly the Lions could own this draft. Trade back a couple of times. Stock pile a few picks. Get some good young players and build depth for the future.

          • UberSTCrew

            @jkoms57
            You can imagine it all you want. They are not giving that pick away. Most likely it will fall somewhere between 10 and 15. They will use it to add another top prospect to their roster. The Dolphins are rebuilding their own team. They are not going to be duped into trading away any of those high value picks.

        • UberSTCrew

          @Thomas Bliss
          The Dolphins should own this draft with the potential to own the 2021 draft as well.

  2. king beas

    If the redskins are going after tua the lion NEED to keep the pick and draft young

  3. Wade Herbers

    Even the Lions shouldn’t be able to screw this up!!!!
    Yet , they are the Lions!!!!!
    Redskins pass on Young they get the best player in the draft. Period!!
    Skins take Young they either get the best CB in the draft hands down or are able to trade back and get a couple starters for a very weak defense!
    Young would be the best pick they have had in many years!!!

  4. pjsportsdude85

    the lions will find a way to mess it up. they’ll take brown with young on the board at #3.

    • tg0880

      Yeah but young didn’t show up for the big games so I wouldn’t be mad about that anyways

  5. IBFarr

    move up to #1 for #3, Stafford, 2nd round pick, 3rd round (Eagles pick), and 6th round pick and select Joe Burrow.

  6. TheBlueMeanie

    The Lions could easily take Okudah in round 1 and still get someone like Hurts, Eason or Fromm later in the draft.

  7. playicy

    I see the dolphins giving up all three picks to get the 2nd pick from the redskins or 3rd pick from the lions to get their franchise quarterback! They thought Rosen was but he failed at that opportunity

  8. UberSTCrew

    The Dolphins will not be trading up into the top 4. So get that fantasy out of your heads. Neither the Redskins or Lions are duping the Dolphins out of any of their 1st or 2nd round picks. It isn’t happening.

    The Dolphins will have their pick of one of the top QB prospects at 5 or use that pick on another top talent at a diffent position.

    The Dolphins are ready to add talent with 25 draft picks , 11 in the first 3 rounds, in the next two drafts. Plus should have over 70 million in free cap space going into 2021. So they have a great chance of turning their team into a legit contender for the first time in nearly two decades.

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