We’re not even done with January and I’ve already had it with mock drafts handing the Lions Jeff Okudah or Derrick Brown. Come on, folks. Have some fun, spice it up. Give the Lions a tight end at three and watch the fan base erupt in flames. The offseason is a time for dreaming, and you’ve gotta dream big.
Question of the day: Who is your unconventional first-round pick for the Lions?
I know this answer is cheating, but quite frankly I’m not fond of the value any players provide at three. Here’s my ideal scenario that is still (debatably) realistic, in which my unconventional pick turns into numerous picks.
- The Bengals take Joe Burrow, and Washington grabs Chase Young. The Detroit Lions are now on the clock.
- Miami comes calling. They want Tua, and they don’t want anyone else jumping them. They fork over #5, #18, and their second rounder.
- The New York Giants have traded the fourth pick with the LA Chargers, who have selected Justin Herbert, quarterback, Oregon. The Detroit Lions are now on the clock.
- Bob Quinn’s phone rings. Carolina is calling. With the top three quarterbacks already off the board, rumor has it Indianapolis is getting antsy about nabbing Jordan Love. Matt Rhule, however, is salivating at the idea of having him in Carolina Blue.
- Bidding war ensues. With so many quarterbacks taken high, top prospects are sliding, and Bob Quinn knows he can still get who he wants at 13. Carolina simply can’t match the Chargers’ offer. The Lions trade the sixth pick to the Colts for the 13th pick, their second rounder, and a 2021 first rounder.
- With the 13th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions select Henry Ruggs III, wide receiver, Alabama.
- With the 18th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions select Javon Kinlaw, defensive tackle, South Carolina.
- Bob Quinn rides off into the Day 1 sunset salivating at his three second-round picks. The Lions go cornerback, guard, and edge rusher on Day 2, and I am a happy man*.
*Let the record state that so long as the Lions don’t address the linebacking group this offseason I refuse to have faith in the team for 2020.
Let me know your unconventional pick (or scenario) — and don’t say Tua.