Detroit Lions: 5 trade deadline scenarios with 8 mock trades

Quinnen Williams, New York Jets (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)
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Myles Jack, Jacksonville Jaguars
Myles Jack, Jacksonville Jaguars (Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports) /

Trade Scenario #1 – Lions Buy Big

Here are the first two mock trades. We’ll explore the option of trading for a big name player with a not so humble price tag.

Example trade #1

Detroit has been using linebacker Jamie Collins in the middle during the past few weeks. When Collins originally signed, the indication was that he would be used all over the defense. Poor play from linebackers Jahlani Tavai and Jarrad Davis (as a starter) changed that.

Enter in star linebacker Myles Jack, who could be the stand up MIKE in Detroit’s defense, allowing Collins to play all three spots as intended. Making their front seven a whole lot better. The Lions give up a second round pick in 2021, a third round in 2022, along with rookie offensive guard Logan Stenberg.

Which is a fair price for Jack, who just turned 25 last month. The Jacksonville Jaguars now gain direction in a more of a traditional rebuild, a very good start when stockpiling draft picks. Not to mention a hand picked Bob Quinn offensive lineman, who could turn out to be really good.

Example Trade #2

The New York Jets, who are leading the race for projected number one overall pick and Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, can get a head start in building an offense around him.

Two second round picks in subsequent years, along with the potential of running back Kerryon Johnson is a hefty return for what’s given up.

Third overall pick in 2018, defensive tackle Quinnen Williams has the potential to become a three-down player. This pick helps Detroit now and in the future, with pass-rushing defensive tackle being their biggest need. They also get linebacker Blake Cashman, to sweeten the deal.


Surprising would be one way to put it if the Lions take this route. It’s the antithesis of the so called “Patriot way”. There are so many moving factors for a trade like this to happen.

Would ownership allow it? Are other teams willing to move on from top players? Does Patricia and Quinn feel the same way about this type of trade? Likelihood is leaning towards doubtful.