Here we are again in 2020 and once again the Detroit Lions have a Top 10 pick in the NFL Draft. Now as we know, the Detroit Lions have many needs that need to be addressed this offseason in order to get back into the playoff conversation. Cornerback, Defensive Line, and Linebacker are the three biggest needs followed by Wide Receiver and Offensive Line. With all of these needs the Lions will have two options, stay at the third pick or trade back and acquire more draft capital.
If the Lions stay put at the third pick they will have plenty of options as only Joe Burrow and Chase Young will be off the board. The Lions have been linked to three players by most experts: Isaiah Simmons (LB Clemson University), Jeff Okudah (CB Ohio State University), and Derrick Brown (DT Auburn University). Any of the three will be an immediate starter and fill an area of need. The player that had the most impact on their games in college was Isaiah Simmons as he was a rover that was in on almost every play. Jeff Okudah fills the biggest weakness on the defense and the hardest position to translate from the college game to the pros. Derrick Brown would provide the Lions with a disruptive force in the middle of the defense they haven’t had since Ndamukong Suhs’ prime. If the Lions pick third I would like to see them go the Isaiah Simmons route just because I think he would have the biggest impact on the defenses performance.
Now this is where it gets fun. If the Lions decide to trade down in the draft there are several teams that would be interested. The Miami Dolphins, Los Angeles Chargers, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and possibly the Las Vegas Raiders headline the list of teams that could be in need of a Quarterback come draft time. Now the team you want to scare is the Dolphins as they have the most draft capital. If I’m the Lions, I am leaking information out constantly about being interested in Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert. Work them out before the draft and give every indication that you are prepared to take one and let them learn behind Matthew Stafford. If you can get the Dolphins on the hook you could end up with three first round draft picks (#5, #18, and #26). At pick five you could still get Simmons, at eighteen you could get CB Kristian Fulton from LSU, at twenty six DE Yetur Gross-Matos makes a lot of sense. That could transform a mediocre defense overnight and with a healthy Stafford, maybe a playoff team.
The choice lies with General Manager Bob Quinn and hopefully a dream scenario can present itself and give hope to Lions nation.