Lions called Falcons with offer to trade up moments before Falcons drafted Kyle Pitts

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The Lions were on the phone with a final offer to trade up when the Falcons were on the clock with the fourth overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft.

In video from inside their draft room that the Falcons posted today, Atlanta General Manager Terry Fontenot takes a call from the Lions while the Falcons are on the clock. Fontenot and the caller (presumably Lions General Manager Brad Holmes) have a short conversation in which Fontenot says that unless he’s calling with a much better deal than he had offered in their previous discussions, the Falcons are going to stay put and take Florida tight end Kyle Pitts.

“Yeah, we’re gonna pick. It’s the same as what we talked about? OK, yeah, we’re picking,” Fontenot said on the call.

The Lions’ target in the trade up isn’t clear, but it may have been Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell, whom the Lions were able to select at No. 7 anyway. So the Lions got lucky that the Falcons said no.

24 responses to “Lions called Falcons with offer to trade up moments before Falcons drafted Kyle Pitts

  1. They got bailed out. That would’ve been a horrible trade up.

    Sewell is the right pick for them but ore-draft Detroit should’ve been looking to move down, not up.

  2. So you speculated the Lions wanted to trade up for the big OT. Then you just assumed you were correct and said the Lions did great after all. Because he fell to the Lions at 7. It’s just odd when somehow you write like things are facts but it’s really pure speculation.

  3. Lions thought Cincy was going to take Sewell, like they should have. Riley Reiff is not the answer for that o-line, take it from a Lions fan.

  4. They probably did want Sewell and wanted to trade ahead of the Bengals who everybody knew was picking either Chase or Sewell. Sometimes the best trades are the ones you don’t make.

  5. The rumor before the draft was that they were trading up for chase. I never believed that. You don’t start a full scale rebuild by trading up to take a WR at 5. No way. Especially when ur not sure you have your QB yet. I agree the target was Sewell all along.

  6. specialteamsposter1 says:
    May 11, 2021 at 6:48 pm
    Lions thought Cincy was going to take Sewell, like they should have. Riley Reiff is not the answer for that o-line, take it from a Lions fan
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    You know that Riley Reiff hasn’t played for the Lions since 2016, right? You can’t be that big of a fan.

  7. There are a lot of good linemen. Lots of good players. Brad Holmes is a good scout. He won’t have any trouble stocking the Lions with good players. It might not happen overnight, but it will happen. The Lions have never won a super bowl but I think they finally got the right personnel guy.

  8. Forget the Browns, Bills and Vikings. Even the Bengals.

    Detroit is the true factory of sadness in the NFL. I really hope they can one day at least make the Super Bowl.

  9. jongrudenstolemypatiofurniture says:
    May 11, 2021 at 7:12 pm
    specialteamsposter1 says:
    May 11, 2021 at 6:48 pm
    Lions thought Cincy was going to take Sewell, like they should have. Riley Reiff is not the answer for that o-line, take it from a Lions fan
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    You know that Riley Reiff hasn’t played for the Lions since 2016, right? You can’t be that big of a fan.

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    Well aware. We saw Reiff from the time he was drafted and saw him consistently underperform firsthand. Quality o-lineman generally don’t bounce from team to team.

  10. specialteamsposter1 says:
    May 11, 2021 at 6:48 pm
    Lions thought Cincy was going to take Sewell, like they should have. Riley Reiff is not the answer for that o-line, take it from a Lions fan
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    You know that Riley Reiff hasn’t played for the Lions since 2016, right? You can’t be that big of a fan.

    Was that really necessary? It’s just bad form.

  11. I promise you this: the lions and their Pom-Pom waving media are going to TELL you it was for Sewell.

  12. 10 Year Player.
    Multiple Pro Bowls
    Super Bowl ring (s)?

    Never ideal giving up draft capital Sewell at 4 istill a great pick.

    No matter what all the noise is right now, this dude is going to be around a while dominating grown men.

    Motor City Miracle he was there at 7.

  13. jongrudenstolemypatiofurniture says:
    May 11, 2021 at 7:12 pm
    specialteamsposter1 says:
    May 11, 2021 at 6:48 pm
    Lions thought Cincy was going to take Sewell, like they should have. Riley Reiff is not the answer for that o-line, take it from a Lions fan
    —————————————————————————————-
    You know that Riley Reiff hasn’t played for the Lions since 2016, right? You can’t be that big of a fan.
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    He’s only played for the Lions and Vikings so realistically a fan of any team in the NFC North will have seen Riley Reiff line up at tackle twice a year for the last 9 years. I think it’s a large enough of a sample size to form an opinion.

  14. Who else would they have traded up for? Pitts? Pitts doesn’t fit what the Lions are doing right now– They for sure were trying to get Sewell — no other players makes sense, fans can’t say Fields because they would have took him , Lance was already off the board —

  15. I think from the palpable relief in the room when they got Sewell that that is who they were trying to trade up for. The disturbing part is that Holmes said there are others he tried to trade up for (Onzurike). It’s not good practice for a team so close to square 1 to be falling in love with draftees and giving up capital for them. Don’t get me wrong, Holmes has done a perfect job so far. But it looks like it was part luck. Hope he calms down over the next year.

  16. But the real question is, “which of these guys is the best kneecap biter?”

  17. If they was smart they would have took another shut down corner and had both sides locked up for years.

  18. The Lions got a very good player in Sewell but is Goff really the answer? Passing on a QB may haunt them.

  19. Sewell made no sense since they just gave the bank to LT Taylor Decker, so they spend a top ten pick on a RT? They should have stood pat and taken a flyer on a franchise QB, Justin Fields, or traded down not up.

  20. Target was definitely Sewell. You could tell by how happy they were when the drafted him that he’s who they wanted all along

  21. These things are impossible to figure out. All teams will try to convince you that the draft worked out exactly the way they planned and they all “got the guy they wanted.” Not too often will a team say “yeah, we drafted player X but had player Y been there, we would have went that direction.”

  22. Lions are always a day late and a dollar short.

    65 year legacy of losing in Detroit.

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