Trade up, move down or stay put? Every NFL team is allowed to do what they want with their draft picks, but each move has a price, particularly moving up in the draft in a deep class like 2014.
Thanks to the NFL’s distribution of compensatory picks, the situation got a little more flexible for the Detroit Lions.
Compensatory picks aren’t allowed to be traded, but the two fourth-rounders they received from the NFL makes eight total picks for the Lions. The now hold a first round pick (10th overall), a second round pick (45th overall), a third round pick (76th overall), three fourth round picks (111th, 133th, 136th), a sixth round pick (189th overall), and a seventh round pick (227th overall).
I wrote an article recently illustrating what moving up or down the draft board in round one could do for the Lions in what can be considered a crossroads for the organization.
With the addition of two compensatory picks, the original six picks that the Lions started with became more expendable. In a deep draft class, the Lions could be inclined to move up and get a player like Sammy Watkins, and still fill needs elsewhere later in the draft. Especially if the deep class makes the asking price to move up more affordable.
The additional selections in May’s draft doesn’t guarantee that the Lions will move up in the draft, but it does allow the Lions to move freely, not just in the first round, but anywhere in the draft, which is a huge advantage for where the Lions are at as an organization.
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