The waiting game is nearly over.
We’ve had just about every debate one could have on the topic. We’ve talked about drafting a quarterback, which wide receiver we prefer, whether it makes sense to pick a tight end in the top 10 (again), trading up and trading down.
There are no more simulations to run. No more scenarios to explore. We’ve used every part of the carcass, and now it’s time to finally feast. At 8 p.m. ET, the draft gets underway and about an hour after that the Lions will be on the clock. And while we’ve discussed the topic endlessly, what the Lions will actually do with the seventh overall pick has not been made any clearer:
In case you’re keeping score:— Jeremy Reisman (@DetroitOnLion) April 28, 2021
- the Lions really want to trade down
- but they also tried to trade up for a WR
- and they may not pass on a QB at 7
- but Spielman may influence them to take Parsons
- they also might bolster the offensive line
Well, that covers everything.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
What will the Lions do with the seventh overall pick?
My answer: While I think in an ideal world the Lions trade out of the seventh overall spot, here’s my prediction of how the first seven picks will go:
- Jaguars: QB Trevor Lawrence
- Jets: QB Zach Wilson
- 49ers: QB Mac Jones
- Falcons: TE Kyle Pitts
- Bengals: WR Ja’Marr Chase
- Dolphins: WR Jaylen Waddle
- Lions: OT Penei Sewell
These predictions are not based on any insider information, but rather the general feeling I get from knowledgeable beat writers for each team. For simplicity’s sake, I did not include any trades, but I think there’s a very good chance one happens between Picks 4-6.
As for the Lions’ pick, it will be hard for some to stomach letting Justin Fields pass them by, I just never got the sense the Lions were that interested in adding a quarterback. We know they have faith in Jared Goff, and this quote from early on continue to stick with me:
“If we’re split down the middle, he’s not for us. I don’t want to chase a quarterback. I want somebody we know we love and can help us. … Let’s build this thing properly, let’s get roots in the ground first.”
The Lions want the roots in the ground first, and what better way to do that than to shore up your offensive line.
Obviously, if this scenario plays out, I’d rather accumulate picks and trade down with a team hungry to grab Fields, but I’m not sure that opportunity will present itself. Will teams be convinced they need to jump the Panthers or Broncos after their quarterback carousel this offseason?
I don’t think so. So grab the best player on the board, a top-five talent in this draft, and fill a big need on the roster.
NOTE: THIS IS WHO YOU THINK THE LIONS WILL DRAFT, NOT WHO YOU WANT.
What will the Lions do with the 7th overall pick?
This poll is closed
Draft QB Justin Fields
Draft QB Trey Lance
Draft WR Ja’Marr Chase
Draft WR Jaylen Waddle
Draft WR DeVonta Smith
Draft TE Kyle Pitts
Draft OT Penei Sewell
Draft OT Rashawn Slater
Draft LB Micah Parsons
Draft CB Patrick Surtain