The Detroit Lions kicked off the offseason with the blockbuster Matthew Stafford trade. As the 2021 NFL Draft draws closer, new general manager Brad Holmes could be looking for another move to improve the Lions' future.
Detroit signaled the start of its rebuild this offseason by cleaning house in the organization and parting ways with Stafford. While Jared Goff will be the starter in 2021, this is still projected to be one of the worst teams in the NFL. With an emphasis on building a strong foundation for the future, Holmes could use the upcoming NFL Draft as a launching point for this franchise.
Sitting at No. 7 overall, this team is in a particularly interesting spot. Four quarterbacks will likely be off the board at that point, leaving Detroit’s front office with a decision to make. It could stay put, with elite left tackle prospect Penei Sewell or playmaking receiver Jaylen Waddle on the board. Either player would be a fantastic addition for this offense. But Holmes might have another idea in mind.
According to The Athletic’s Ben Standig, the Lions are looking for another deal and are particularly interested in moving down from No. 7 on draft night.
It could be a gamble for Detroit, considering the fact that an elite talent might only be available at that spot. But it’s undeniable that teams are desperate for a long-term quarterback, with the Chicago Bears and New England Patriots the most obvious trade-up candidates.