Another day, another quarterback trade in the NFL. And this one could make it more likely that the Detroit Lions stay at No. 7.
The Carolina Panthers traded a sixth-round pick in this month's draft and second-and fourth-round choices next year to the New York Jets on Monday for quarterback Sam Darnold.
That likely takes the Panthers out of the quarterback mix at No. 8, and could make it more difficult for the Lions to find a quarterback-needy team willing to trade up for whichever of the big five signal callers — Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Justin Fields, Trey Lance and Mac Jones — fall out of the top six.
If quarterbacks go with the first four picks, something that could happen for the first time in NFL history, the Lions would be in position to take one of the three best non-quarterbacks in the draft.