The Detroit Lions are aggressively trying to trade down in the NFL Draft later this month, according to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated.
The Lions currently own the eighth overall selection in the first round of the draft, and with Detroit remaining committed to Matthew Stafford at quarterback, general manager Bob Quinn is probably not looking to take a signal-caller.
As a result, Quinn is looking to extract the most value out of the draft, so trading down to collect multiple picks would certainly make sense.
Breer adds that a lot of teams are looking to trade down simply because they don’t feel the draft class is all that strong, with Breer even stating that one club thinks the second round starts around the 12th overall selection:
“It’s not unusual that you’d have more teams looking to move down than up in April, but it certainly seems like that’s even more the case this year than it has been before,” Breer wrote. “The reason? There’s not much difference, as most teams see it, between the No. 10 and No. 15 picks. I had one team tell me over the weekend that the second round, based on grades, and depending on where the quarterbacks go, starts for them around the No. 12 or 13 pick.”
Obviously, that comment was probably made tongue-in-cheek, but it certainly demonstrates how most of the organizations around the league feel about this year’s draft class.
The Lions are coming off of a 2018 campaign in which they won six games and missed the playoffs.