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Debating the top 5 candidates for the Detroit Lions’ 3rd overall pick

We break down each of the top 5 candidates for the Lions’ top pick.

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While we await the Detroit Lions’ extra secret search for a coaching staff to support Matt Patricia and his defense, it’s time to start looking forward. The NFL Draft is just over three months away, and with players officially declaring, it’s starting to become clear the kind of talent that will be available for the Lions with that third overall pick.

So this week on the First Byte—our midweek mini-podcast—we discuss the top five candidates that could go third overall to the Lions. We all know that Chase Young is great, but what would the Lions do with him in his rookie year? Is defensive tackle a position worthy of a top-three pick? Could the Lions potentially go offense with their first overall pick? And is the Jeffrey Okudah hype worth it?

But before we get into all of that, we talk about the news of Tua Tagovailoa declaring for the 2020 NFL Draft. How does it affect the Lions? What’s with all these reporters suggesting the Lions could draft him?

All of that and more on our first 2020 NFL Draft primer. Take a listen:

This week on First Byte

  • Tua Tagovailoa declares! Bart Scott and Mel Kiper Jr. make ridiculous, unsubstantiated claims about the Lions drafting Tua and trading Matthew Stafford. We’re all over these horrible takes.
  • Tagovailoa’s declaration certainly helps the Lions’ trade-down chances, but with whom? And why would they choose the Lions to trade down with over other teams in the top five?
  • We discuss five players the Lions could take fifth overall.
  • Where would Chase Young fit into the Lions’ defensive scheme?
  • If the Lions drafted Jeff Okudah, would it mean Darius Slay is on his way out?
  • Defensive tackle is a need, but is it worthy of a top-three pick with Derrick Brown?
  • Who is the top offensive tackle in this draft class? Is anyone worthy of Detroit’s first pick?
  • Jerry Jeudy is one fine weapon, but would he be a luxury pick that early?

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