4 players the Lions could sell before the trade deadline

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The Detroit Lions could be both buyers and sellers at the trade deadline

With three days to go until the trade deadline, the Detroit Lions have already made one move. They ended up acquiring defensive end Everson Griffen from the Dallas Cowboys for a conditional sixth round pick that could turn into a fifth-round pick depending on unspecified conditions.

The Lions could use some more help in the secondary and potentially an extra body on the defensive line. While they’ll need more help to make a playoff push, they’re low on assets as they only have five draft picks.

They have their own picks from rounds one through four in the upcoming 2021 draft and one of a fifth or sixth round pick depending on the conditions of the Griffen deal. Their seventh round pick was shipped to the Seattle Seahawks at last year’s trade deadline when cornerback Quandre Diggs was sent out of town.

In order to get more draft picks, they’ll have to sell off assets. They could look to move players at a position where they have a lot of depth or guys who are on expiring contracts.

This year could be a replicate of the 2018 trade deadline where the Lions acted as both buyers and sellers. They acquired defensive end Damon Harrison Sr. from the New York Giants and traded away wide receiver Golden Tate to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Here are players on the Lions that could potentially find themselves traded out of Detroit prior to the deadline.