The Detroit Lions have plenty of options when it comes to what to do in the 2021 NFL Draft, and momentum has seemingly been gaining toward the team potentially trading back if they have the chance to do so.
For a few weeks now, it’s been speculated that the Lions could be looking to make a move backward. While the potential for this has been mentioned, rumors have been scant about it actually playing out. That hasn’t stopped folk from speculating, however.
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Recently, ESPN’s Bill Barnwell put together a piece where he had every team making a trade with their pick. In terms of the Lions, he had Detroit dealing out of the seventh spot with the New York Jets, who would come back into the first-round after a hypothetical deal for Russell Wilson which would cost them picks two and 23. With 23 and a 2022 first-round selection as well as the 66th pick, Barnwell had the Jets trading back into the top 10 to select a playmaker for Wilson.
As for why, here’s what he wrote:
“The Lions should be amassing as many picks as possible. The Jets should probably be doing the same thing, but I could see one argument for trading up. They added wide receivers Corey Davis and Keelan Cole this offseason, but regardless of which quarterback they draft with the No. 2 overall pick, he’ll be inheriting a below-average group of weapons.
If general manager Joe Douglas sees LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase or Kyle Pitts as a generational pass-catcher and they’re still on the board at No. 7, he could use one of his extra first-rounders from the Jamal Adams trade to get his quarterback a new best friend. We saw Sam Darnold wither without receiving help these past few years; if any team should be sensitive to the idea of getting its young quarterback the right pieces from Week 1 on, it’s the Jets.”
It’s all a hypothetical situation, so it’s not worth putting too much stock into the potential for this deal playing out. Detroit might balk at moving back to 23, which would be far out of the realm for any big time players they might want. Regardless, this is a deal that …read more