It’s a long and winding path down the tracks before it’s even time for the 2020 NFL Draft to begin, but for a team like the Lions, it seems much closer.
With the first pick all but a foregone conclusion at this point, Detroit sits just a pick away from the “start” of the draft. The highly-touted defensive end Chase Young from Ohio State is viewed by many to be the best talent available in the draft, which leaves Detroit, a team with more needs than draft picks, in a precarious position. Does the team draft the best player available? Do they address a need on defense? Add another playmaker to the offense?
The answers to those questions will be debated for years after the draft board has become more of a Wikipedia reference than a hot button topic of discussion as it is now, so let’s narrow our focus for today’s Question of the Day.
How far are you willing to see the Lions move down in the draft?
It’s a fair and legitimate question for us to investigate further. There’s certainly a perceived sweet spot where Detroit can still land a difference maker in the first round while adding more picks to address the many needs this roster currently has—and will probably still have even after free agency.
So where is that? The Miami Dolphins at No. 5 are an obvious team of interest with their need for a quarterback. With the recent report out of Los Angeles that the Chargers are moving on from Philip Rivers, there’s another team in the market for a franchise quarterback and it only moves the Lions back three spots to the sixth pick in the first round. Other teams in the top ten like Carolina and Jacksonville could also be teams of interest.
But can Detroit afford to miss out on the likes of a Jeffrey Okudah or Derrick Brown when their team is in desperate need of multiple impact players on defense who would likely be asked to play a lot of snaps their rookie season? I don’t think so, and that’s why there truly is a sweet spot to strike for Bob Quinn and Co. and that spot is no lower than Jacksonville’s ninth pick.