Lions open to trading down from No. 3

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It might not make sense for the Lions to draft Tua Tagovailoa, but the Alabama quarterback might make sense for several teams. That’s why the Lions could find themselves in prime position come draft day.

Detroit owns the No. 3 choice.

Lions General Manager Bob Quinn said exactly what you would expect him to say about the potential for trading the choice: The phone lines are open.

“The higher you are up in the draft, really the sooner the conversations begin,” Quinn said in a video interview with Tori Petry of the team website Friday. “I have not had any trade conversations with anybody as of yet. Those usually tend to start in the combine in the hallway that we kind of roll through, and we’ll see how that goes.”

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow is expected to go No. 1 overall, whether it’s to the Bengals or someone else, and Ohio State defensive end Chase Young is the favorite for Washington at No. 2.

The Dolphins, Chargers and Panthers then could seek to move up to select Tagovailoa, assuming his surgically repaired hip checks out before the draft.

“If you trade down and come away with Derrick Brown or [Jeff] Okudah, that’s huge,” NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah said in a conference call Friday, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “Isaiah Simmons could come in there and be a big-time player as well. And then you start getting into [South Carolina defensive tackle Javon] Kinlaw. That’s probably the last one, and that would be the group where I’d say, ‘OK, if you’re picking at three, I don’t know that I want to go much further than six, at the furthest seven.’ If you get in that range, I think you come away with one of those guys.”

The Lions sound committed to Matthew Stafford as their quarterback of the present and the future, with Quinn reiterating that he has no plans to trade the veteran.

22 responses to “Lions open to trading down from No. 3

  1. Four teams ahead of the Dolphins and four QB’s worth taking a chance on with no guarantee any one of them will be a star. Imo you keep your picks and take the QB that’s there at 5. That alone is risk enough with a high #5 pick. Trading up..lose a pick or two and you find out your guy can’t cut it at the NFL level will leave you with 3 good picks you potentially wasted.

  2. Got nothing against Stafford personally, but it sure seems like a change of scenery would almost certainly benefit both parties. You’ve gone nowhere with him in ten years.

  3. If the Lions are smart, which they aren’t, they will draft Burrow, Young or Tua. Nobody wants to see Bob Quinn with extra picks. He’s not very good at drafting players.

  4. Watch the Lions will trick the Dolphins into giving up 2 other first round pucks to trade up when the Lions have no intention of drafting Tua

  5. I love how the rebuild is starting on top of a rebuild, on top of another rebuild and so on. When aren’t the mismanaged champion Lions not rebuilding? Patricia and Quinn should have started this process two years ago. The Lions are such a joke!

  6. Every Lions fan on the planet is thinking the same prayerful thought:Please don’t screw this up.

  7. If the Lions are smart, which they aren’t, they will draft Burrow, Young or Tua. Nobody wants to see Bob Quinn with extra picks. He’s not very good at drafting players.

    Armchair GM-ing the Lions is not your strong suit, in fact nothing you say on here has any reality to it what so ever and you’re wrong a 99% consistent basis.

    The Lions Still Suck and will for many more years to come.

  8. “If you trade down and come away with Derrick Brown or [Jeff] Okudah, that’s huge,” NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah said
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    There’s a very good reason that Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah couldn’t hold a job as NFL team scouts for very long. But I guess selling the fans on their thesis on players is easier than selling knowledgeable teams on them!

    My goodness Bucky still has Tua as the #1 QB coming off the board, I don’t believe anyone but him thinks that will happen!

  9. The Lions are a weak team with a so-so QB who is not being paid an insane amount when you look at salary and ignore sunk costs like bonus.
    Weak teams should build out their team, not draft another QB.
    Having a good young QB on a bad team doesn’t help you.

  10. you only trade up for QBs. is Tua a CANT MISS player ? a big risk some team will take .. in the end could cost a GM his job..

  11. If Miami can’t make a trade with Cinci for the #1 pick, they should be working with Washington for the #2 draft selection. Dealing with Detroit for the #3 doesn’t guarantee they get their QB.

  12. If you’re a GM who drafts based on fear of losing your job, you are definitely going to lose your job.

  13. Tua is not playing this year and if he does it will be midway or late in the season. Any team that picks him better already have a starting QB in place and a backup because if the starter goes down early then what.

  14. “Imo you keep your picks and take the QB that’s there at 5”

    I think Flores will agree with you too. After the owner had the GM gut the roster right before the season started I think Flores will want to keep all 3 first rounders and get quality reinforcements.

  15. I have a friend who is a rapid Lions fan to the point of being delusional. He honestly believe Stafford is a first ballot HoFer! Sheer stupidity if you ask me; any rational human being knows that after 11 years you know what he is and what he isn’t, and he isn’t a winner! Trade up and get Burrow or Tua and the rebuild will be complete.

  16. Right. More nonsense to cajole the Dolphins, Chargers, Redskins, etc.

    I know. I know. the Lions have no problems losing ol’ Matt ol’ boy and the rest of the coaching staff and management (as per the owner’s threats) so they will “tank for Trevor” and hire new staff…they’re just not being obvious about it like Miami was. Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahah! Funny…Miami had a better record than the Lions! Maybe they were the “tankers”!

  17. Actually, I think the idea of trading back to acquire Love and another pick is a strategy the Fins should be considering. Lets not forget Teddy Bridgewater is out there and may very well be available.

  18. People trashing M Stafford? Makes me laugh. That team was 0-16. It is due to Stafford that they compete. What were Seahawks, packers and patriots doing before Wilson, Rogers and Brady came along? They were good enough to go to post season. Yep, Lions lose because their defense sucks, In spite of Stafford keeping them in hunt.

  19. Pankaj Pandey says:
    People trashing M Stafford? Makes me laugh. That team was 0-16. It is due to Stafford that they compete. What were Seahawks, packers and patriots doing before Wilson, Rogers and Brady came along? They were good enough to go to post season. Yep, Lions lose because their defense sucks, In spite of Stafford keeping them in hunt.
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    Apparently they do not practice intelligence in the Motor City? Let’s see before Russel wilson, I do believe that Matt Hasselbeck and Shawn Alexander took temt Super Bowl?
    Mike Holmgren was the HC. Prior toA-Rod there was this little know Qb named Bret Favre, never heard of him? And I do believe a guy named Bill Parcells to the Patriots to a Super Bowl before Tom Brady? Tell me again how many Super Bowls the Matt Stafford led Lions have been to? Tell me again how many super Bowls the Lions have been to period? Can we start a Go Fund Me for the Detroit education system?

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