While we all continue to put the Detroit Lions’ No. 3 overall pick on the trading block in our favorite Mock Draft Generator of choice, the Lions apparently haven’t followed suit in the real world.
In a recent interview with DetroitLions.com’s Tori Petry, Detroit general manager Bob Quinn admitted that he hasn’t had any talks with other teams about trading their first-round pick.
“I have not had any trade conversations with anybody as of yet,” Quinn said. “Those usually tend to start in the Combine in the hallways that we kind of roll through and we’ll see how that goes.”
With the Lions not itching for a quarterback like some other teams are, many believe Tua Tagovailoa could be the trade bait that puts the Lions in a position to move back in the draft and still pick up a blue chip defensive talent.
“This is the reality that simply must be eating away at GM Bob Quinn’s brain as the top 10 continues to crystallize: “What if I can trade back from No. 3 to 7, grabbing two No. 2s and a No. 1 in the process … and still get my guy?” That’s free money, and free money feels great folks,” Benjamin Solak of The Draft Network wrote last week in his wild Mock Draft 5.0 that saw the Lions trade back with the Panthers (No. 7) while picking up a crazy haul of draft picks and still netting Detroit Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah.
At this moment, Quinn said he’s not committed to a certain prospect or position with the third overall pick, and—like any year—he’ll be listening to calls as they come in.
“Open to any trades,” Quinn told Petry. “Those are conversations that generally start to have—the higher up in the draft, the sooner the conversations begin.”
So with the Lions just two picks away from being on the clock and the NFL Combine finally here, expect Quinn to have a few GMs in his ear before the week is through.
Note: Bob Quinn is scheduled to talk to the media at 12:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday.