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Wednesday open thread: What round should the Detroit Lions draft a quarterback?

Find a QB for the future? Secure a long-term backup? Forget QB completely?

NFL Combine - Day 2

With the news Tuesday that Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn told Matthew Staffordwe’re not trading you, period,” it pretty much kills any rumors that the team is planning on moving their franchise quarterback this offseason.

However, that doesn’t mean the Lions have completely taken quarterback off their big board when it comes to the 2020 NFL Draft. There’s still a possibility that the team takes first-round quarterback to sit for a year and move on from Stafford next year when it becomes much more financially sensible. Based on everything Quinn and the Lions coaches have said, that still seems far fetched, but there’s at least some logic to it.

Additionally, the Lions’ depth behind Stafford is anything but settled. Though they have David Blough and Kyle Sloter under contract, neither are guaranteed a roster spot in 2020, and the Lions may be wise to shore up their backup position after going winless with Blough and Jeff Driskel through half a season last year.

So today’s Question of the Day is:

What round (if any) should the Lions draft a quarterback?

My answer: I’m pretty firmly against the Lions using a Day 1 or Day 2 pick on a quarterback given their massive needs elsewhere—specifically on defense. However, I wouldn’t mind seeing the team use a fifth or sixth-round pick on the position.

Though the Lions haven’t had great success late in the draft with backup quarterbacks (Brad Kaaya, Jake Rudock), it still makes sense to take your shots that late in the draft with a position as valuable as quarterback. With a talented franchise quarterback to learn from and a solid quarterbacks coach, you never know what could happen. And it’s always better to create as much competition at every position—especially quarterback—to make sure you’re best prepared in case of injury.

Your turn.


What round should the Lions take a QB in the 2020 draft?

This poll is closed

  • 18%
    (210 votes)
  • 4%
    (53 votes)
  • 10%
    (121 votes)
  • 17%
    (199 votes)
  • 17%
    (201 votes)
  • 8%
    (95 votes)
  • 1%
    (21 votes)
  • 21%
    Don’t draft a QB
    (244 votes)
1144 votes total Vote Now

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