The Detroit Lions are rolling their sleeves up on a rebuild with a change in leadership, as head coach Dan Campbell and general manager Brad Holmes take over key positions in the organization. How will these new-look Lions spend their top picks in the 2021 NFL Draft?
Well, if Campbell’s wild, impassioned introductory press conference was any indication, this should be an absolutely fascinating team to watch over the next couple years.
Much of the strategy around Lions draft picks changed when it traded quarterback Matthew Stafford. At No. 7 overall, Detroit has the power to trade up and nab a new signal-caller, but will Holmes and Campbell be so bold out of the gates? They might not have a choice any longer.
With the Stafford trade adding to the Lions draft picks, giving them the No. 88 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and the Rams’ 2022- and 2023 first-round picks, there are even more possibilities for this franchise.
Let’s take a closer look at where the Lions pick in the first two days of the 2021 NFL Draft, and what some of the most ideal scenarios are for them.
First round, 7th pick: Zach Wilson (QB, BYU), Caleb Farley (CB, Virginia Tech), Jaylen Waddle (WR, Alabama)
Stafford is a top-10 quarterback in the NFL when all is well, but the problem in Detroit is, he never got enough support. The long-tenured veteran obviously isn’t sticking around for one more year, and a fresh start is best for both parties.
No QB in the 2021 class stands out more than Wilson, other than Trevor Lawrence. With the Jets potentially being in the trade market for Deshaun Watson and already having Sam Darnold on the roster, it looks increasingly unlikely New York will draft a signal-caller at second overall. The Atlanta Falcons have publicly stated their support for incumbent field general Matt Ryan, and they’re picking fourth.