NFL Draft rumors: Lions looking to trade down

Al Bello

The Detroit Lions are reportedly among the teams looking to trade down in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Expect plenty of teams to move around in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft on Thursday night. It's tough to gauge what kind of trades might happen going into the first round, but it would be shocking if there aren't several deals, especially since so many teams want to move down. There will obviously need to be teams willing to move up for trades to actually happen, but there is no shortage of teams looking to trade down and add extra picks. From ESPN's Adam Schefter:

If Eric Fisher is there at No. 5, chances are the Detroit Lions will stay put and take him, as he is one of the top players in this draft. If both him and Luke Joeckel are gone, though, trading down is really the most intriguing option. Rather than potentially reach for someone, the Lions would likely prefer to move down and add extra picks.

Of course, if nearly half the top 10 feels the same way, trading down could be a bit more difficult than usual. It's already a bit tough, and if you have multiple teams in the same vicinity (Eagles, Lions and Browns, for example) trying to drop back, you might not be able to get as much in return as you would in another year.

My personal belief is that trading down is the way to go if the top tackles are gone. Then again, if the top tackles are gone, why would a team want to move up? The latest rumors don't suggest that anybody is going to move up for Geno Smith, so it could be a situation where you need one of the top tackles to be there for a deal to actually happen. If not, the Lions may not only face a tough decision in terms of who to pick, but they could also have a tough time trading out of the No. 5 spot.

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