The Detroit Lions hold the tenth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft but that doesn’t mean they have to stay there. In Erik Lambert’s “trade central” mock draft article he has two teams in the top 10 trading up to grab their guy.
One of those teams is the Jaguars who swap picks with Houston to take Jadeveon Clowney first overall. The other team, surprisingly enough, is the Detroit Lions who Lambert has trading with the Atlanta Falcons to acquire the sixth pick in the draft to take Clemson star Sammy Watkins.
Here is an excerpt from the article:
Nobody would expect the Detroit Lions to be so aggressive but the facts are clear. Their roster is ready for a Super Bowl run. All they need a couple missing pieces. Putting the dynamic Sammy Watkins across from Calvin Johnson would solve one of those problems.”
Lambert has the Detroit Lions trading away their 2014 first and second round picks as well as their 2015 second round pick to move up to sixth in the draft.
I’m not always keen on trading up, because the NFL draft is the essential component for making your team better if you draft well. Just look at Detroit’s draft last year when they drafted a starter or significant role player in the first five rounds of the draft.
This year there is a different dynamic to what the Lions needs are and that is they have fewer holes to fill. Trading away two second round picks is a steep price, even for Sammy Watkins, who I believe is the best player for the Lions in this draft class based on need and ability. In fact, trading away two second round picks would be substantially overpaying.
According to the value chart on draftcountdown.com which assigns values to draft positions in every round, the Lions could likely acquire the Falcon’s sixth overall pick for a third and fifth round pick which is much more palatable for fans then what Lambert suggested.
There are still a lot of events that need to take place in the scouting combine and free agency before we can draw any conclusions but right now it is safe to say that the Lions are in the market for a wide receiver.
That being said, what do you think Lions fans? How does trading up to grab Sammy Watkins sound?