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2011 NFL Draft: Lions Reportedly Tried To Trade Up For Patrick Peterson

During the 2011 NFL Draft, NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reported that the Detroit Lions had tried to make a trade during the first round. The trade wasn't to move down, but rather to move up into the top five to select LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson.

La Canfora's report says that the Lions "couldn't find any top-five options that seemed feasible." That's not too surprising considering how little firepower the Lions had with only six total picks. Chances are they would have had to give up a future pick or two as well, and in the end it was likely just too much.

When all was said and done, things worked out just fine with Nick Fairley, a top-five pick in the eyes of many, falling to the Lions. Had they pulled the trigger on a trade to get Peterson, the need at cornerback would have disappeared, but it would have cost so much that guys like Titus Young and Mikel Leshoure probably would have ended up on other teams. I certainly would have liked the Lions to land Peterson, but I'm happy with the way things turned out.