If you’re like me, you know this is NFL Draft week because you’re not sure of anything anymore. My opinion that Eric Fisher would make a fine addition to the Detroit Lions with the fifth overall pick has been swallowed up by recent indications that he is likely to be selected before the Lions get the chance to take him.
In that case I would like to see the Lions take a chance on Ezekiel Ansah in hopes that he can give the Lions what they want out of a defensive end. But there is a chance the Lions don’t stay in the fifth spot and according to a tweet this morning from Adam Schefter, the Lions are doing their due diligence in seeking a trade partner:
Teams that have made calls about moving back in draft include PHIL, DET, CLEV, BUFF, MIA. Doing what they should.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 23, 2013
While this is likely to excite a lot of Lions fans, there are two important points to keep in mind:
1. All teams likely make preliminary calls to get a feel for their options of trading both up and down.
2. The Lions can call all they want but that doesn’t guarantee a trade partner. Trading down would be much more likely given a report that a team was targeting the Lions pick. Atlanta has been rumored to be a team interested in making a big move but their intentions have been vague to date.
3. The teams mentioned here are clustered in the same spot of the draft. With so many teams wanting to get rid of these picks, it would seem interest from others to acquire one would also be low. The picks from 4-12 just don’t carry the level of value as is typically seen in other drafts.