Could passing on Young have a happy ending?
I recently saw a mock draft that was completely different from any other I have seen yet. In the mock, the Washington Redskins traded the second pick to the Los Angeles Chargers who selected Tagovailoa. That wasn’t the most shocking scenario in the world since the Chargers clearly need a quarterback. It was the next pick that surprised me.
This online mock was done by a panel of writers. The object was to have the whole panel in agreement in what they believe each pick, including trades, will be before they could move on to the next selection.
When the Lions were on the clock with the third selection, rather than choose Chase Young, they decided that Bob Quinn would make a trade with the Miami Dolphins to move back to the fifth pick.
The reasoning being that Miami would make an offer Detroit couldn’t refuse so the Dolphins could select Oregon quarterback, Justin Herbert.
Then, of course, the Giants used the fourth pick to take Chase Young, after which the Lions selected Jeff Okudah with the fifth pick.
At this point, there were several-thoughts that went through my head. Was the offer that Miami made so ‘good’ that the Lions couldn’t refuse it? Is Bob Quinn so enamored with Jeff Okudah that he would toss away the opportunity to select the best player in the draft who also happens to fill the Lions’ biggest need?
Could this scenario play out and end happily? The answer is that it could still work out for Detroit, but that is only if Young becomes a bust and Okudah becomes the player they believe he will be. In that situation, Bob Quinn would look like a genius.
It would also help if the Lions’ actually contended for a playoff position and the players acquired with the extra picks Detroit received were contributors. When pieced together like that, it becomes a deal any fan would have to approve of.
But I don’t believe that would be the case and I think there are holes in the ‘logic’ being used to create this scenario.