The trade down. It seems all NFL fans love it, in particular Detroit Lions fans. The problem is that opportunities to trade down are hard to predict and that is especially the case this year with the prospect pool relatively deep but lacking in elite prospects.
Initial speculation in regards to the Lions’ opportunity to trade down involved one of the quarterback-needy teams directly behind the Lions willing to make a modest move up the board to grab Geno Smith should he be available.
However, a report from Jason La Canfora says the Lions may be willing to make a much bigger move down in the first round:
I expect at least one trade in the top five — Detroit, at fifth overall, would be willing to fall all the way back to the 20s, sources said, to pick up value along the way.
Of course, just because the Lions are willing doesn’t mean there will be an equally willing team looking to move up. The St. Louis Rams and Minnesota Vikings are the first teams to come to mind consider each has a pair of first round picks to work with.
The most motivated teams may be further down the draft board. The Atlanta Falcons hold the 30th pick and have made it known they may be looking to make another dramatic move up like they did to draft Julio Jones a couple years ago. The San Francisco pick 31st but hold a treasure trove of picks, including the second pick of the second round after trading Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs.