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Thursday open thread: What should the Detroit Lions get to trade out of the third pick?

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Will the Lions auction the pick to a quarterback needy team?

NFL: APR 27 2018 NFL Draft Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

We’re only a few weeks away from what looks to be an unprecedented NFL draft. The biggest question left on my mind isn’t even who the Lions will take, but will they trade out of their third overall pick in draft?

One thing we know is there are plenty of quarterback=needy teams. The other thing we know is those teams could get desperate.

Let’s just take a look at recent history.

  • In 2016, the Eagles traded the numbers 8, 77, 100, picks, as well as a 2017 first-round pick and 2018 second-round pick to the Cleveland Browns to select Carson Wentz.
  • In 2017, the Bears traded the numbers 3, 67 and 111 picks, and a 2018 third-round pick to the San Francisco 49ers to select Mitchell Trubisky.
  • In 2018, the Jets traded the numbers 6, 37, and 49 picks, and a 2019 second-round pick to the Indianapolis Colts to select Sam Darnold

So, today’s Question of the Day is:

What should the Detroit Lions get to trade out of the third pick?

My answer: The Lions should look to get two first-round picks.

With quarterbacks always being in high-demand, I think this is the perfect time for the Lions to hold an auction for this pick. Both the Miami Dolphins (Nos. 5, 18, 26) and Jacksonville Jaguars (Nos. 9, 20) have multiple first round picks in 2020.

And that could cause a team like the Chargers to also bid up if they have a player that they want to secure on draft night.

It’s not unprecedented for teams to give up a bounty for a quarterback on draft night. Now we’ll have to see if the Lions can pull it off.

Your turn.