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Report: Lions targeting Stephon Gilmore in trade up

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MDS brought to you news earlier Thursday that the Detroit Lions are willing and interested in trading up in the draft for secondary help. MDS speculated on a number of potential Lions targets. He mentioned cornerback Stephon Gilmore, and it sounds like that is the particular player for whom Detroit management has eyes.

NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reports that the Lions are “seriously looking to trade up,” and sources believe their primary target is the 6-foot-1, 190-pound corner out of South Carolina.

La Canfora bases his report on conversations with “multiple team executives,” and insists the Lions are “very high” on Gilmore. They’ll indeed have to be awfully high on the SEC product in order to execute this move up the board. Gilmore is widely projected to be selected in the top-12 picks, and the Lions’ first-rounder is No. 23.

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21 Responses to “Report: Lions targeting Stephon Gilmore in trade up”
  1. achamarro1 says: Apr 26, 2012 5:00 PM

    I dont see the lions trading up. If anything trade down get aolineand jenki s in second round. I know the new rookie wage scale makes rookies more affordable but the leos are still limited by there cap. Trade down and get better value for there picks.

  2. redruckus81 says: Apr 26, 2012 5:00 PM

    If they can get a reasonable deal to move up I hope its true. Would love to add Gilmore to that defense

  3. We'reFineThere says: Apr 26, 2012 5:01 PM

    I’d trade up for him too. He grew an inch from yesterday so who knows who how big he will get.

  4. raiderpicksix says: Apr 26, 2012 5:03 PM


    I imagine the price is gonna be pretty steep.

    There’s a good chance Dre Kirkpatrick could be around at 23, I’d wait.

    Gilmore has better ball skills, but I think Kirkpatrick’s man skills are more raw and have bigger upside.

  5. eaglesx24 says: Apr 26, 2012 5:04 PM

    Cool story but Gilmore is going to be a EAGLE!!!

  6. pigskinpimp says: Apr 26, 2012 5:04 PM

    That’s my dog Mayhew, he tried hard last season for Peterson and failed, so lets give it another go.

  7. classactcalvin81 says: Apr 26, 2012 5:05 PM

    If ur gonna give the farm away why not trade all the way up to grab Claiborne since minn is willing to trade. I know we need a top cb but for what were gonna have to give up I would stay put and then grab Boykins in 2nd. I just hope what they do pans out we can’t do this and then our top prospect busts!!

  8. largent80 says: Apr 26, 2012 5:06 PM

    since the Lions seem to like guys with anger management issues, maybe they’re actually interested in Happy Gilmore.

  9. robolundgren says: Apr 26, 2012 5:09 PM

    I’d say there’s about 16 players “widely projected to be selected in the top-12 picks.”

  10. skolvikings2011 says: Apr 26, 2012 5:11 PM

    Wouldn’t be an NFL draft without the Lions picking somewhere in the Top 10.

  11. dlonce says: Apr 26, 2012 5:16 PM

    The Bills would be happy to trade with you, just send them your no 1 pick next year and swap spots this year and it’s a done deal.

  12. gbiscottagecheesefatties says: Apr 26, 2012 5:18 PM


  13. eaglesfootballfan says: Apr 26, 2012 5:23 PM

    Who they going to trade up with? Jaguars, Dolphins

  14. ike1973 says: Apr 26, 2012 5:36 PM

    This would make me very happy. Make it happen Mayhew.

  15. couldntthinkofaname says: Apr 26, 2012 6:00 PM

    Anybody else getting sick of the word “target” and all of its variations?

  16. darthhitman77 says: Apr 26, 2012 6:08 PM

    skolvikings2011 says: Apr 26, 2012 5:11 PM

    Wouldn’t be an NFL draft without the Lions picking somewhere in the Top 10.

    Vikings = new Lions fool. What is all this SKOL crud anyway? People spit their chew while we all know the Vikings swallow everything they suck

  17. ajknox88 says: Apr 26, 2012 6:24 PM

    skolvikings2011 says:
    Apr 26, 2012 5:11 PM
    Wouldn’t be an NFL draft without the Lions picking somewhere in the Top 10.

    LOL. looks like the Vikes are going to be in that category instead after these past couple of years.

  18. mjkelly77 says: Apr 26, 2012 6:32 PM

    This report makes me believe the Lions are actually going to trade down, not up.

  19. nflfollower says: Apr 26, 2012 6:39 PM

    Redruckus——problem is you won’t get a reasonable price, not for moving up 10+ positions. I’m a fan of gilmore, but not a fan of giving up what it will take in picks to move up that far.

  20. cwroses1983 says: Apr 26, 2012 7:04 PM

    dont need to move up and pay more money for another top player. need to keep all their pics to and wait

  21. habit82 says: Apr 26, 2012 7:36 PM

    I really don’t think this going to happen,but I got my fingers crossed that it dose.

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