Going into last year's NFL Draft, there were rumors about how the Detroit Lions might trade up for a top offensive tackle or trade down if they missed out on the top three tackles. In reality, they did miss out on the top three tackles, but the Lions simply stayed put at No. 5 and took Ziggy Ansah.
This year, rumors are once again swirling about what the Lions might do in the first round. They are set to pick 10th, but based on the interest they've expressed in Sammy Watkins, Jadeveon Clowney and Khalil Mack, a trade up certainly seems possible. At the same time, based on the idea that there are only five truly elite players in this year's draft, a trade down seems just as possible for the Lions.
As evidenced by last year, trade rumors are quite common before the draft, especially for the Lions. This year in particular, though, it feels like a trade is bound to happen. It's clear that the Lions have interest in some of the top overall players in the draft, and there's a sense that those players are a tier above everybody else. In other words, there might be a big drop-off from five to six on the Lions' draft board, but there might not be much of a difference at all between six and 10.
If this is indeed the case and the Lions are unable to trade up, it seems likely that they will do everything in their power to move down. I'm sure lots of teams go into the draft with that mindset, and to trade down, you actually have to find a partner. However, what's working in the Lions' favor this year is that some of the top quarterbacks could fall to the bottom of the top 10, and perhaps a top tackle could be there as well. What's more, it's possible that the top tight end, top cornerback and top safety could still be on the board at No. 10 as well, increasing the possibility of a trade down.
At the end of the day, I honestly think it's more likely that the Lions will make a trade than select at 10. I admittedly am not sure if that trade will be up or down, but I don't think the Lions will stay at 10. I expect them to either move up for an elite talent or move down to stockpile picks, but that's obviously assuming that they are able to actually find a trade partner.
What do you think the Lions will do on draft day next week?