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Lions are interested in selecting a quarterback with the No. 3 pick

Matthew Stafford, Lions

The Detroit Lions are ‘very in play’ to select a quarterback with the third overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, according to Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

The Lions are concerned with Stafford’s health issues and if he can continue to play at a high level without getting banged up. Kelly also added that the team was looking at a quarterback last season, but decided not to do it.

Last season, Detroit had the eighth overall pick and selected tight end T.J. Hockenson. It’s unclear what quarterbacks the Lions had an interest in, but this could be a very developing story to watch.

Stafford’s 2019 season ended early because of a back injury, and there must be a clear concern going forward about how he will come back from it. He has three years left on his contract but the team does have an out after this season but they would have to eat $13.6 million in dead money.

If the Lions are looking at quarterback the big question is who they might target. Joe Burrow is expected to be the first overall pick, and it would take a boatload of picks and maybe players to move up to get it. They will probably have to plan around other options.

The Washington Redskins have the second pick and they don’t need a quarterback which leaves the Lions their choice of quarterback outside of Burrow at three.

If Tua Tagovailoa’s medicals turn out fine and they are convinced he can be a franchise changer, the team needs to select him. Sit him behind Stafford for a year or two and turn the keys of the franchise over to him.