The Detroit Lions have many needs that need to be addressed this off-season. Few would of thought that quarterback would be in play with the third overall pick in this years draft. With Matthew Stafford still under contract for three seasons and still performing well when healthy, it’s surprising that the Lions are thinking about his replacement. Unless this is a ploy to exploit the Miami Dolphins or another quarterback deprived team.
This is the time of year where teams try to control the narrative and let plans “leak”. The Miami Dolphins currently have three first round draft picks this season and sit two spots behind the Lions at number five. The Chargers are at six, Carolina is at seven, and Tampa Bay is at fourteen, would be the other teams with a need at quarterback. Depending on how highly teams rate Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert, the Lions could make out pretty well if they do decide to trade down.
If the Lions decide to draft Tua it would give them the luxury of sitting him the entire season and make sure the hip is fully healed. In this scenario the Lions would probably trade Matthew Stafford next off-season. Now if the Lions are confident in Tua’s health, you could see a draft day trade this year, in which Detroit tries to capitalize on the deep wide receiver and offensive line draft classes.
The options the Lions possess this year are endless and will probably be a make or break off-season for GM Bob Quinn and Head Coach Matt Patricia. Patience is running thin for a fan base that has never been to a Super Bowl. If done correctly, this off-season could be the one that finally gets the Lions on the right track. But with recent history, I’m sure they will find a way to mess it up.