3 draft don’ts the Lions must avoid in the first round
The 2021 NFL Draft is finally upon us. The Detroit Lions and their new regime have a lot of decisions to make regarding who they are going to draft with the number seven overall pick in this year’s NFL draft.
Nobody really knows who the Lions are going to take or what they are going to do. Let’s take a look at the main don’ts as the draft approaches this Thursday night.
Don’t draft a quarterback
First off, the Lions don’t have a dire need to draft a quarterback now. They should roll the dice with Jared Goff and see what happens. There is absolutely no reason a rookie quarterback should be thrown into this type of situation to essentially be set up for failure as this is a rebuilding type of situation for Detroit.
Don’t draft a wide receiver
Wide receivers are like running backs, they are a dime a dozen. Although the Lions do eventually need a solid receiver, it can wait. There are more decimated positions like every position on defense, and maybe a couple more offensive lineman that needs more attention versus a wide receiver getting drafted in the first round. They need to prioritize and fill these needs first and build it out.
Finally, do not reach on a player. For instance, if the player is still going to be their past pick number 7, do not just take him because you need a linebacker. Although they need to try to find that balance of also trying to go for the best available player. So, yes, it will be difficult, but the team in the front office need to make it happen.
Do trade back
Trading out of the number seven overall pick would be a smart choice for the Lions to build up more draft capital and give them options at some more positions across the board.
It is believed that they can trade back and still get the guy they are targeting to fit their offensive or defensive scheme with a later pick. For example, possibly Penn State linebacker, Micah Parsons who might be available later in the draft, say maybe trade back with the Broncos at 9?
Who knows what will happen Thursday, but Lions fans should be pumped as the new regime is taking over and everything is currently trending in the right direction, so let’s have some hope that they dominate the draft as well.