For Detroit Lions GM Brad Holmes to truly win the 2021 NFL Draft, he absolutely must pull off a trade for the No. 7 overall pick.
According to sources of The Athletic, that is exactly what Holmes is trying to do and I absolutely LOVE it.
From The Athletic:
Multiple sources have told (multiple people at) The Athletic that the Lions would like to trade back from No. 7 and have made that desire known. That’s not exactly a state secret and, word of warning, we heard the same things last year before Bob Quinn said he couldn’t find any reasonable offers for the third pick.
It remains to be seen how much anyone can trust the leaks out of Allen Park — or from people familiar with what’s happening at Allen Park — under Holmes’ leadership. This group should be more effective than the isolated former regime at working the rumor mill.
But this isn’t a quick-fix situation for the Lions, nor has there been any indication they’re approaching it as such. They want to build this foundation through the draft — a multiyear process that will require far more than the six selections they have in ‘21. So, a trade back fits with everything Holmes has done thus far.
Oh, and for what it’s worth, there has been absolutely no buzz about Detroit looking to move up.
In my opinion, trading down for more draft capital will better serve the Lions as they look to rebuild the dumpster fire that was left behind by Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia.