Holding the seventh overall pick, the Detroit Lions are in prime position to draft one of the top-five quarterbacks in the draft, if they choose to do so. One of Justin Fields, Trey Lance, or Mac Jones should still be on the board by the time they’re on the clock. But it remains to be seen whether they’re truly after a QB that early, or if they have any of those names near the top of their board.
For now, the Lions are stuck with Jared Goff, and they seem to be more than okay with that. They can afford to wait to draft a QB, and they might just want to see what Goff has left in the tank in case they want to stick with him for even longer. With less than a week remaining until the NFL Draft, Brad Holmes and the Lions are doing a good job of keeping their cards close to their chests, so prepare for chaos.
Today’s Question of the Day is...
When is the earliest the Lions should take a QB in this year’s draft?
My answer: Round 1.
If Justin Fields is still on the board for the Lions’ pick, then I wouldn’t hesitate to select him, even with the top pass catchers left on the board or either of the top two tackles. Obviously, I am not Brad Holmes and I do not know how highly he thinks about Fields, but to me, he’s about as good of a QB prospect you’re going to find in the next few years, no matter where we’re picking.
In general, I feel pretty good with the Lions skipping on the position entirely in favor of some bigger needs, but they’re going to have to address QB eventually and judging from his quotes this offseason, Holmes doesn’t seem like the type of guy to wait until it’s too late. If his guy is there, then you better believe he’s going to take him. But with the connections to Goff, I don’t think we should underestimate how highly this organization feels about their current QB situation. My guess is they want to ride out Goff for at least another year or two, perhaps letting a rookie/young QB develop during that time.