Detroit Lions: 5 trade deadline scenarios with 8 mock trades
Trade Scenario #2 – Lions Buy Small
With the next two trade examples, Detroit would be looking for players who are relatively cheap. In hopes of finding another starter or two.
Example Trade #1
Another trade with the Jets. Edge rusher Jordan Jenkins hasn’t been anywhere close to where he was in 2019. Despite that, the Lions could take a chance in hopes that a fresh change in scenery helps him turn it around.
What Matt Patricia could do, especially in pass rushing situations, is move defensive ends Trey Flowers and Everson Griffin to defensive tackle. Giving Jenkins and defensive end Romeo Okwara free rein to come down strong off the edges. Adding more to a pass rush that has come alive in the last two games.
Yes, Griffin and Jenkins are both edge rushers, it might seem redundant to bring him in. However, Jenkins is a hybrid linebacker and would be playing in the JACK linebacker position that is currently held by Christian Jones. Griffen is more of a traditional defensive end.
We could also see plays where Flowers and Griffen are rushing on edge with Jenkins blitzing or dropping into coverage.
Jenkins trade value isn’t particularly high, he is in a contract year and the Jets are having a fire sale. As mentioned before, they need to acquire as many draft picks as possible.
Example Trade #2
Wide receiver John Ross has let the Cincinnati Bengals know that he wants to be traded. Ross did show signs of life before the “Burrow era”, but no longer has a sustained role on the team.
Going to be completely honest here, Ross isn’t worth more than a 7th round pick. However, the only apparent need for Detroit on offense is receivers who can get separation. Tight end T.J. Hockenson leads the team in separation, which is great to see, but not ideal for their wideouts.
In this case, Lions spend a little more than the asking price. Any other problems on offense can be chalked up to play calling and coaching. Although, Stafford hasn’t had a true speed threat like Ross in his career, which could open up a lot for offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.
Out of all five options, this is the one to put your money on. Detroit has already done this and can do it one more time.
A smaller move that could have a huge significance at the end of the season. With Quinn and company on the hot seat and a bigger trade most likely off the table, it’s the next best thing for them.