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Saturday open thread: Are you more open to the Lions selecting an offensive tackle in the first round?

With Rick Wagner now gone, should the Lions consider a first-round OT?

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Last week, our own Alex Reno posed a scenario in which the Detroit Lions drafted an offensive tackle in the first round of the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft. Although he wasn’t particularly interested in selecting one of the top tackles available with the third overall pick, he posted a mock that involves using the sixth overall pick—via trade down—on a tackle, while addressing all of Detroit’s more pressing defensive needs in subsequent picks. Here’s a refresher:

At the time, most of you all were split on the idea. 56 percent of over 1,200 voters said they were open to the idea of drafting an offensive tackle in the first round.

But now the landscape has changed a bit. After Friday’s mildly surprising release of starting right tackle Rick Wagner, the Lions certainly have a more pressing need at the position. So let’s see how much of you have changed your opinion?

Today’s Question of the Day is:

After the release of Rick Wagner, are you open to the idea of the Lions’ drafting an offensive tackle in the first round?

My answer: Personally, I still don’t want to see it in the first round. I understand it’s a need, and I understand the quality of player is probably there in the top 10, but the Lions need to start thinking about immediate value they can get with their first pick in the draft. Does improving your right tackle from Tyrell Crosby to, let’s say, Tristan Wirfs really improve this team that much? It’s an upgrade at the position, no doubt, but thinking macro, how does that change the overall look of this team?

I’m perfectly fine with the Lions going offensive tackle on Day 2 of the draft, but I just don’t see the value for this team using their prime draft position on an offensive tackle, unless the Lions plan on moving down (or moving up) into the 20s in the first round.

Your turn.


Are you open to spending a first-round pick on an OT?

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