Lions: “Way too early” to start auctioning the third pick

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The Lions could be sitting in the fabled catbird seat when the 2020 NFL Draft gets here, but coach Matt Patricia wasn’t ready to get into that while he’s coaching the Senior Bowl.

With the Bengals having their hearts set on LSU quarterback Joe Burrow (unless they don’t), and with conventional wisdom suggesting that Washington coach Ron Rivera would begin his rebuild with Ohio State pass-rusher Chase Young, the third spot which belongs to the Lions would seemingly be the trigger point in the draft.

But via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Lions coach Matt Patricia dismissed that notion, saying it was “way too early” to declare themselves open for business.

“It’s January,” Patricia said, accurately.

If those first two picks all as many expect, the Lions would hold the keys if anyone wanted to trade for another quarterback such as Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, or any other player.

While you could make a cost-value argument about their own interest in a quarterback, they seem happy with paying all that money to Matthew Stafford after the way he played last year before back problems ended his season.

“I mean, honestly, we’ve talked about the injury for Matthew last year, just really was a thing last year where we felt it wasn’t safe for him to play through the rest of the year,” Patricia said. “Moving forward, next year, I anticipate him being fine, ready to go from that standpoint. So nothing really with the injury will affect that at all.”

Of course, as Patricia correctly diagnosed, it’s January, which leaves plenty of time for them to advertise their intentions, one way or another.

12 responses to “Lions: “Way too early” to start auctioning the third pick

  1. Quinn and Patricia should immediately dive on a trade with the Dolphins. #3 for #5 and #18 and Miami would still have a 1st rounder remaining.

  2. No its not too early

    Trade down from 3 in exchange for 2 mid to low 1st round picks, the with their second round pick, take Jalen Hurts.

    OC Bevell has had experience coaching up a similar type QB, Wilson in Seattle ( not saying similar talent wise but style wise )and let him sit behind Stafford for a couple of years.

    But of course that would require forward thinking, and this is the Lions front office we are talking about so it likely wont happen.

  3. patriotmaleorgy says:
    January 22, 2020 at 11:12 am
    Get use to seeing this folks. Three ex patriot assistant coaches turned head coaches picking in top five.
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    I’m curious – which ex-asst coaches from any coach are consistently picking in the bottom 5 (ie. meaning they had great year and playoff run)?

    Miami was a dumpster fire when Flores took over and they seem to be on the rise and the Lions are strapped with Stafford as an aging, oft-injured QB – do you expect them to win, regardless of the HC?

  4. They’re never going to win a Super Bowl with Matt Stafford at the helm. That’s really all you need to know. If they don’t get blown away by a huge offer for that pick they should take advantage of a high pick and get Tua if he’s looking the part.

  5. There have been numerous tales of moribund franchises pulling off astonishing turnarounds, all because they traded down a high draft pick for a boatload of picks, and given themselves more shots to hit on players. The Lions, fortunately for the rest of the NFC North, do not operate this way. The more things change, the more things stay the same.

  6. Not sure that 3rd pick is as valuable as advertised. After the top two picks there is a sizeable drop off with a handful of players rated about the same. Unless a QB comes out of no where the Lions may not get a decent trade offer

  7. grumpysal says:
    January 22, 2020 at 12:18 pm
    patriotmaleorgy says:
    January 22, 2020 at 11:12 am
    Get use to seeing this folks. Three ex patriot assistant coaches turned head coaches picking in top five.
    ********************

    I’m curious – which ex-asst coaches from any coach are consistently picking in the bottom 5 (ie. meaning they had great year and playoff run)?

    Miami was a dumpster fire when Flores took over and they seem to be on the rise and the Lions are strapped with Stafford as an aging, oft-injured QB – do you expect them to win, regardless of the HC
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    Miami posted their worst record in over a decade. One could say they were tanking this year then tried to win. Well doesn’t seem like much direction there. So they accomplished nothing. The lions…….lol. No need. Stafford is a solid qb. He just needs a coach.

  8. If Tua is there at 5 im ok with the pick however there are too many holes on this team to give up the farm to move up 2 spots. Id rather give Fitz and Rosen another year and go shopping again next year

  9. They will probably blow another pick on a TE.

    LoLions!!!

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