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Notes: Mel Kiper Jr. breaks down Detroit Lions’ options with 7th overall pick

What does the ESPN draft expert think Detroit should do?

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The Detroit Lions have a ton of options with their first-round pick this year. Currently holding the seventh overall selection, Detroit could go in a number of directions, many of which we discussed this week on the PODcast.

On Wednesday, ESPN’s Michael Rothstein published a chat with draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. about what the Lions may do at that spot in the draft.

Kiper believes that because of the addition of Jared Goff via the Matthew Stafford trade, he expects the Lions to punt on adding a quarterback this season.

“It’s not like Jared is 35. So his age, you’re moving forward with Jared,” Kiper Jr. said. “I would use that seventh pick to upgrade at another position.”

Kiper sees a lot of great value at the wide receiver position around the seventh pick in the draft, whether it be Alabama’s Jaylen Waddle or LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase. But Kiper Jr. suggests the Lions explore trade options, which Rothstein says may “make the most sense for Detroit.”

If a tempting quarterback is still on the board, like Ohio Stat’s Justin Fields or North Dakota State’s Trey Lance, Detroit’s phone could be ringing off the hook, and that could lead to getting a load of picks plus a solid defensive player later in the draft.

“Maybe you get an offer from, say, New England to move from 15 to seven, what you do is drop down from seven to 15, get some extra choices and then be in a position where it’s a little bit more palatable to look at a pass-rusher like Jaelan Phillips from Miami or a Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah,” Kiper said.

You can read all of Kiper and Rothstein’s thoughts here.

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  • In case you were thinking about Ndamukong Suh returning to the Lions, the veteran defensive tackle told MMQB’s Albert Breer he has no intentions of retiring just yet but clearly prefers to say in Tampa.

“My goal is to come back and have an opportunity to go win another championship,” Suh said.

Whether Tampa will be able to afford him is another story. We’ll see when free agency opens up a month from today.

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