We are roughly two and a half weeks from the start of the 2019 NFL Draft and with all of the chatter and mock drafts, it can not come soon enough.
At this point, everybody and their brother has given their two cents on who the Detroit Lions should select when they are on the clock with the No. 8 pick in the first round.
But what if they are not on the clock at No. 8?
Well, according to a report from Albert Breer or MMQB, that is certainly a possibility.
Breer is reporting that the Lions are one of two teams ‘aggressively’ trying to move down in the upcoming NFL Draft.
It’s not unusual that you’d have more teams looking to move down than up in April, but it certainly seems like that’s even more the case this year than it has been before. The reason? There’s not much difference, as most teams see it, between the No. 10 and No. 15 picks. I had one team tell me over the weekend that the second round, based on grades, and depending on where the quarterbacks go, starts for them around the No. 12 or 13 pick.
The upshot? There’s rich depth well into Friday, so it’s good to have volume in this draft. The Panthers, Texans, Colts, Jaguars, Chiefs, Steelers and Redskins have three picks on Friday. The Patriots have five. In an effort to build capital in that area, I’m told that two teams will be aggressively looking to deal down in the first round: the Lions and Seahawks.
This report does not come as much of a surprise as Lions’ GM Bob Quinn recently said he is, “open for business” in terms of trading out of the No. 8 slot.
What do you think, Nation? Would you be in favor of the Lions moving down to acquire more draft capital?
Which players (if they are available at No. 8) would you disappointed with the Lions passing on?