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Report: Lions shopping No. 2 pick

Amid rumors that the Rams and the Buccaneers are discussing a possible flip-flop of the first and third picks in the draft, respectively, a report has emerged that the Detroit Lions are shopping slice of boiled ham residing between the Ram-Buc sandwich.

Jason La Canfora of NFL Network reports that the Lions already have been in contact with several other teams regarding the possibility of moving into the second spot.

It’s a smart move by the Lions.  (For a change.)  With four top-ten teams picking after No. 2 potentially looking for a franchise quarterback (Redskins, Browns, Seahawks, and Bills), getting to No. 2 might be the only way to keep the Rams from moving down to No. 3 and still taking Sam Bradford or Jimmy Clausen.

Besides, with defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy at the top of most draft boards, the Lions have to be at least a little nervous about being left with the guy who could be the interior defensive lineman version of Ryan Leaf.

By moving down, the Lions could still get the player we think they covet — tackle Russell Okung, who’d ideally spend the next decade protecting quarterback Matthew Stafford.  And they could get more opportunities to upgrade a roster that is still recovering from the reckless, receiver-rich reign of Matt Millen.

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36 Responses to “Report: Lions shopping No. 2 pick”
  1. Mean D says: Feb 23, 2010 11:56 AM

    Please, Bucs, make the Rams trade. We need Ndamukong.

  2. last starfighter says: Feb 23, 2010 11:58 AM

    It would be a good idea but I don’t think anyone will offer them what the pick is worth.

  3. ruhtard says: Feb 23, 2010 11:59 AM

    I think the Lions should take Dez Bryant just to surprise everyone.

  4. goodjuan says: Feb 23, 2010 12:03 PM

    they don’t covet okung. they need a guard or two. tackle i near the bottom of their list of priorities.

  5. Love_Boat_Scandal says: Feb 23, 2010 12:04 PM

    By moving down, the Lions could still get the player we think they covet — tackle Russell Okung, who’d ideally spend the next decade protecting quarterback Matthew Stafford.
    **********
    Why is it whenever someone speaks of an OT draft prospect, they always talk about the next 10 years?
    ‘Here’s a guy who can come in from day one and shore up (or “lock down” or “anchor”) that side of the line for the next decade.’
    –Todd Cliche, Mel Kiper, and every other draft guru on every OT prospect they’ve ever commented on.

  6. FumbleNuts says: Feb 23, 2010 12:06 PM

    If they move into the second spot they should take Berry.

  7. RIP__21 says: Feb 23, 2010 12:08 PM

    Skins need to do the same. DO NOT DRAFT A QB!

  8. Hugified Wang says: Feb 23, 2010 12:08 PM

    Poopie Christmas!

  9. Coutre1 says: Feb 23, 2010 12:09 PM

    I hope they interviewand consider an equal and/or proportional amount of black and white players. They need to make rooney proud!

  10. Yellow Lab says: Feb 23, 2010 12:10 PM

    This is obviously much to early for any teams to start trading draft picks. I can’t see any picks being traded until after, or at least during, free agency. However, with the way the draft is set this year, I can see a lot more trades happening than normal. At least I think that possibilty exists. It should be a very interesting and entertaining “draft season” this year.

  11. Hosstyle In Tampa says: Feb 23, 2010 12:12 PM

    McCoy nor Suh will be Ryan Leaf-esque….anything can happen…doesn’t mean it will.

  12. litemater says: Feb 23, 2010 12:20 PM

    “a” slice of boiled ham. Hire a Guinea pig instead of a hamster to help in the English Dept.. Lol

  13. DailyRich says: Feb 23, 2010 12:22 PM

    If this happens, the Bucs could do nothing and still end up with Suh or McCoy.

  14. GoBrowns19 says: Feb 23, 2010 12:31 PM

    Hey Rams…Cribbs, Quinn, and our pick for yours. Deal?

  15. CP21 says: Feb 23, 2010 12:32 PM

    Okung could be just like anybody else who was the first drafted in their position to bust….any single player on any single board COULD bust….
    The lions can’t be scared of taking one of the two players who are regarded as the best in the draft regardless of position because of what happened to a quarterback 9-10 years ago, whenever that happened
    They could use either McCoy or Suh at d-tackle (they arn’t stacked at that position), or they can use a LT, because as much as Schwatz is supporting his current guy, his current guy is not THAT good…Guards are easier to find later in the draft.
    Whatever they do, I think Lions fans are just glad Millen is not calling the shots anymore hahaha

  16. downwithdansnyder says: Feb 23, 2010 12:35 PM

    Please Skins TRADE DOWN! You already wasted $100m on Fat Albert. You need offensive lineman! I like Clausen and watched nearly every college game he played, but he will not help off the bat and we need LINEMEN!!! Please trade down

  17. favres_right_tendon says: Feb 23, 2010 12:37 PM

    If the Skins had not wasted the money and roster spot on Fat Albert and had a solid OL I would be yelling for the Skins to move up to grab Suh. But since we are stuck with Fat Alberts contract and have zero OL I hope the Skins will stay at #4 and take the best OL…..even though Suh will be a beast in the NFL!

  18. ClownBurger says: Feb 23, 2010 12:41 PM

    Unless it’s a drop to #3 (Where they would still be able to get Suh or McCoy) about the only deal the Lions would take is a swapping of first round picks with KC, in exchange for DT Dorsey. I don’t think KC will do that though.
    I don’t think they covet Okung anyhow. If they did drop down to the 2nd half of the top 10, I think they’ll be eyeing a DE.

  19. CP21 says: Feb 23, 2010 12:46 PM

    Okung could be just like anybody else who was the first drafted in their position to bust….any single player on any single board COULD bust….
    The lions can’t be scared of taking one of the two players who are regarded as the best in the draft regardless of position because of what happened to a quarterback 9-10 years ago, whenever that happened
    They could use either McCoy or Suh at d-tackle (they arn’t stacked at that position), or they can use a LT, because as much as Schwatz is supporting his current guy, his current guy is not THAT good…Guards are easier to find later in the draft.
    Whatever they do, I think Lions fans are just glad Millen is not calling the shots anymore hahaha

  20. ClownBurger says: Feb 23, 2010 12:55 PM

    Actually, another scenario I think the Lions would jump all over is to trade their #2 pick for both of Seattle’s #1 picks……BUT i don’t think Seattle would go for that. They have a lot of rebuilding to do as well.
    Bottom line: I don’t think anyone will be interested enough in that #2 pick to pull the deal on a trade.

  21. Duck Fallas says: Feb 23, 2010 12:57 PM

    Dare I say, shrewd?

  22. severs28 says: Feb 23, 2010 1:04 PM

    Really it is a no lose situation for the Lions. Stay put and get one of the top DT’s or trade down and get extra picks. Either situation that comes about will be good for them. But with Staffords #1 overall contract and Megatrons #2 overall contract, they really need to try and trade down for monetary purposes.

  23. BernieMac says: Feb 23, 2010 1:10 PM

    By moving down, the Lions could still get the player we think they covet — tackle Russell Okung, who’d ideally spend the next decade protecting quarterback Matthew Stafford.
    If this is who they want why would they have to move down to get him? I am really concerned about anything that you say is a smart move! Lets stick to the facts and focus on proper English.

  24. Lucky5927 says: Feb 23, 2010 1:12 PM

    goodjuan says:
    February 23, 2010 12:03 PM
    they don’t covet okung. they need a guard or two. tackle i near the bottom of their list of priorities.
    *************************************
    Are you Serious!!! Tackle is a huge need for them on the left side. Backus doesn’t have much left in the tank, so why not kill two birds with one stone and draft a good left tackle and slide backus inside to guard? Tackle is near the bottom… most positions on the lions are top priorities, but LT is one of their top offensive priorities. They are playing on borrowed time with Backus at left tackle.

  25. SterilizeTHenry says: Feb 23, 2010 1:15 PM

    This can’t be good news for the Rams. The reason they wanted to trade with the Bucs from #1 to #3 was because they can still get their QB at pick #3, as neither TB or Detroit would take a QB.
    But now they might not be able to trade down to #3. If the Lions are willing to trade that #2 pick, it opens up the possibility of a team trading up to #2 and taking a QB right in front of STL.

  26. 3 yards and a cloud says: Feb 23, 2010 1:19 PM

    1) Lions fans are not happy Millen isn’t calling the shots, we still have his right-hand man, Martin Mayhew, calling them. You’ll notice the stupidity has continued.
    2) Don’t trade down. Either McCoy of Suh are 1st overall picks and when you’re fortunate enough to get the 1st pick, with the 2nd, you take advantage. The Lions are in dire need of a DT (as well as a host of other positions) and either Suh or McCoy solves that problem.
    3) They always talk about drafting a LT but Backes has quietly started every game at LT since he was drafted. He had a great year last year and if they are looking to shore up the offensive line then they need to replace Dominic “Dinosaur Arms” Raiola. He is the main problem on that line and I’d love to see them sign Mawae from Tennessee.
    4) The Lions constantly ignore the defensive side of the ball and they remain piss poor because of it. Defense wins championships, it’s time to address the defense. They have 7 picks? I want 7 defensive players taken.
    I wonder what number Dez Bryant will wear?

  27. slipkid says: Feb 23, 2010 1:32 PM

    lions cant make a dumb move?… yall havent been watching closely…
    lions need DL. at least two.
    then lets talk OG.

  28. Drat says: Feb 23, 2010 1:40 PM

    Mmmm. Boiled ham. Why would the Lions trade that? Do they have anything better?

  29. VikesandColts Fan says: Feb 23, 2010 1:51 PM

    Vikings, please trade up and draft Berry! We need to shore up our secondary because Madeiu sucks!

  30. severs28 says: Feb 23, 2010 1:55 PM

    3 yards and a cloud
    Mayhew had a great first year as a GM. Give the man a chance to prove his own worth. The Lions probably had the best draft out of anyone last year.
    They are taking best player available. If the BPA is Dez Bryant, then yes they are going to take him. Personally I don’t care who they draft if they are a good player. Much like last year.

  31. 3 yards and a cloud says: Feb 23, 2010 2:39 PM

    @severs28
    A great first year? They were 0-16 and now are 2-14. A great first year is Parcells taking the Dolphins from 1-15 to 11-5. C’mon!
    Mayhew didn’t have a great first year. He drafted Stafford and Pettigrew in the first round. Even if I concede Stafford, they still took a TE (that did little all year) instead of taking, OT Michael Oher (a position they now want to address), DT Peria Jerry (again, looking now), Clay Matthews (still looking), etc.
    The Lions never have a clue and the blind “best available” strategy doesn’t work if you ignore common sense. If you rank last in defense every year, then you take the “Best Available” DEFENSIVE player. The Ravens won a Superbowl with Trent Dilfer at QB and a stud defense. Its time to build the Defense and I don’t care if Dez Bryant is the Best Available and expected to be a HOF WR, you cannot waste picks on WR.

  32. UGLY HEAD says: Feb 23, 2010 3:09 PM

    A great first year by Lions standards. This is the first time we have gotten more that 2 starters out of a draft since Backus was a rookie.
    Lion’s best case scenario: No trade until draft day when the Rams take Bradford #1. Then the Lions trade the #2 pick to Seattle because Seattle doesn’t want to give the Skins a shot at Clausen. Lions get Seattle’s #6 pick and get Berry who falls becasue KC wants to protect Cassel with Okung. We also get Seattle’s 40th pick in round 2 and 104th pick in round 4 since draft value isn’t by the charts anymore. We take Kyle Wilson with our pick then the best OT or DT with the 40th pick. Dexter McCluster in the 3rd round and the largest and fastest project linemen with all the remaining picks. Then we get KVB from the Titans, Chester Taylor and a WR in free agency.
    Then I go to Vegas and take the 100/1 odds on the Lions.

  33. Visible says: Feb 23, 2010 3:34 PM

    Schwartz does like Backus and does NOT like Gosder. The Lions need to draft Okung…the guy only let up 2 hurries all year!!! Okung can go to LT and Backus to RT. If you read Schwartz comments about Backus, he said he was great at run blocking. And Schwartz has also said that your best run blocking tackle should be on the right side. Look for Backus to go to the right side, Okung left.

  34. ClownBurger says: Feb 23, 2010 4:42 PM

    The Millen era is OVER. And yes real fans are very happy about that!!!
    Mayhew did have a GREAT first draft. If you can’t see that you are blind. The first 4 picks were all solid starters! Sorry but NO draft class in their first year is going to take the mess Millen left and go 11-5 with that. That statement just oozes ignorance. Sorry if that sounds mean, but it’s true.
    I guess some people don’t realize that Pettigrew was on pace to have the best rookie year for a TE before he blew out his knee. Yeah, some dud. People don’t realize he’s a huge blocker on the line as well! They helped the trenches and the receiving corp with 1 pick. If you can’t see the beauty in that and the fact that he was having a very good rookie year, well…..yeah, ignorance.
    Mayhew did a great job. He busts his ass and gets out there and works. Anyone comparing him to Millen just has NO CLUE or in other words is IGNORANT :)

  35. Adam says: Feb 24, 2010 4:10 AM

    I could see Rex trading up for the best CB, or, even the 1 or 2 pick.
    What do y’all think would be a realistic trade for Suh?
    1st, 2nd, and Kerry Rhodes (mabe Gholston)?

  36. May The Schwartz Be With You says: Feb 25, 2010 12:19 AM

    Florio… enough already with the Lions cheap shots… you’re better than this.

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