For a long time, many have made the casual assumption that the Detroit Lions would attempt to trade up. For months, that statement has been assumption based, but Tuesday morning, a report surfaced perhaps proving its legitimacy.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Twitter that the Lions along with the Buffalo Bills were attempting to move into the top five. A caveat? Both teams were reportedly also looking for a bargain in the midst of discussions.
Where would the teams be going? A story by Kevin Patra of NFL.com speculated they were targeting the third overall pick, held by the Jacksonville Jaguars. As Patra writes, the price of doing business might not be as high as many would think. His reference? Recent history. In 2013, the Miami Dolphins surrendered the 12th and 42nd pick to move to three and draft Dion Jordan.
As Patra says, the price depends on the skill of the player and the value a general manager believes he can get later with the extra picks he collects. This year’s top five features some can’t-miss talents like Jadeveon Clowney, Greg Robinson, Khalil Mack and Sammy Watkins, any of whom may intrigue the Lions. Would the Jaguars’ David Caldwell–or anyone else picking high–really pass on one of them to stockpile a few more picks in a deep draft?
We’ll find out soon enough which stories have been truth and rumor, as the NFL Draft speculation officially enters silly mode just two days from the first round.