On Tuesday, Dane Brugler of The Athletic released his 2023 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 and he has the Detroit Lions making a trade with the Green Bay Packers. We may be in the midst of the 2022 NFL Playoffs, and though our Lions did not make the cut, that does not mean they are not on our minds at all times. This is especially true when our favorite NFL Draft guru Dane Brugler releases his latest NFL Mock Draft.
What 2023 NFL Mock Draft trade Brugler have the Detroit Lions making with the Packers?
With the No. 6 overall pick, Brugler has the Lions making a pick that may surprise some people as he has them selecting CB Christian Gonzalez out of Oregon. Here is what Brugler has to say about that pick. (Click here to see the full mock draft - Subscription Required)
After Anderson and Carter, there is a clear drop-off to the next tier of non-quarterback prospects in this class.
Christian Gonzalez flashed enough at Colorado to earn the No. 9 spot on my summer top-50 board, and he lived up to that hype in his one season at Oregon. With his speed/length athletic profile and the Lions’ need at cornerback, Gonzalez (the brother-in-law of former Lions’ backup quarterback David Blough) should be on Detroit’s short list for its first of two Round 1 picks.
Brugler then has the Detroit Lions making a trade that would be shocking to me as he has them making a trade with the Green Bay Packers. Brugler has the Lions sending the No. 18 overall pick and the No. 48 overall pick to the Packers in exchange for the No. 15 overall pick. He then has the Lions using the No. 15 overall pick to select QB Anthony Richardson out of Florida.
Here is what Brugler has to say about the pick.
In last year’s first round, the Lions made a major trade with a division foe to move up for a high-upside offensive star (Jameson Williams). They could do it again this year and invest in their future at the quarterback position.
Thanks to his size, athleticism and arm, Anthony Richardson is a total freak show with a high ceiling, but he’s still figuring out how to be a consistent passer. Jared Goff’s presence would let Detroit develop Richardson at his own pace.
Nation, would you make this trade with the Packers if you were Brad Holmes?