The Detroit Lions select 20th overall in the first round of tonight’s NFL Draft, which means there are all kinds of potential scenarios that could play out. According to most current mock drafts, as many as five quarterbacks could be selected before the Lions pick.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at my three best case scenarios for Detroit as we are now just hours away from the start of the draft.
3. Trade down and draft the best available interior offensive lineman
The whispering that Detroit is actively trying to trade down has been getting louder and louder over the past 24 hours. Some of the top offensive linemen may be available late in the first round. If Lions GM Bob Quinn is able to move down, acquire additional picks and land someone like Isaiah Wynn, Will Hernandez, James Daniels or Frank Ragnow, it would an absolute home run for the former Patriots scouting director.
2. Trade down and take the best defensive player available
Another option if the Lions trade down would be to take someone like Taven Bryan, the Florida defensive tackle, or Michigan’s Maurice Hurst, whose stock has been falling over the past week according to most NFL scouts. The draft has several good but not great prospects from the middle of the first on through the second round. If the Lions could somehow get an additional second-rounder and grab the top remaining defensive prospect on their board at the end of the first, most fans would be thrilled.
1. Stay at 20 and hope a top EDGE prospect falls into your lap
This plays into the idea that roughly 25% of the first 19 picks will be quarterbacks — a position the Lions have no interest in — meaning some big names could fall into the bottom half of the first round. The Lions have been linked to Boston College’s Harold Landy, who was the top-rated choice of fans during our FPC Mock Draft. Landry, a speedy edge-rusher, could be the perfect fit for a team that will be undergoing a transition to more of a 3-4 scheme in 2018 under new head coach Matt Patricia. Also, look out for UTSA defensive end Marcus Davenport.