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Report: Detroit Lions received no trade down offers

The Lions reportedly didn’t get an opportunity to trade down.

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One of the biggest criticisms of the Detroit Lions’ selection of Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah is the fact that Detroit didn’t get full value of their draft position by failing to trade down and accumulate extra draft picks.

But according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, those offers never came. During the NFL Draft broadcast on ESPN, Schefter said Lions general manager Bob Quinn literally received zero offers for their third pick.

“We had Detroit at three taking calls, but no team ever made an offer for them,” Schefter said. “Miami didn’t make an offer. The Chargers didn’t make an offer.”

This is a pretty stunning development given all the draft chatter and rumors that have persisted over the past months, and especially so given their acceleration on Thursday morning into the afternoon. The Dolphins and Chargers apparently took calculated risks and both ended up getting the quarterbacks they were seeking in Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert, respectively.

Although this news is somewhat surprising, Quinn did foreshadow this development a bit during his pre-draft press conference. Just about every time he was asked about a potential trade down, he emphasized that “it takes two teams to do a trade.”

For the first time since 2015, there were no trades in the top 10 picks of the draft. However, the 49ers and Cardinals finally broke that streak, swapping the 13th and 14th overall picks.

Does the fact that Detroit received no trade-down offers change your opinion of the Jeff Okudah pick?

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