With the Los Angeles Rams win on Monday night, the Detroit Lions’ second first-round pick in April has dropped a bit.
Courtesy of the Matthew Stafford trade last offseason, the Detroit Lions have an extra first-round pick this year and next. If the Los Angeles Rams lost to the Arizona Cardinals in the Wild Card Round Monday night, the Lions’ second 2022 first-rounder would have landed at No. 23 overall.
But the Rams beat the Cardinals, as Stafford got his first career playoff win. So the Lions will have to wait at least another week before knowing where their extra pick will precisely land. The Rams win sealed that the pick won’t be as high as it could’ve been.
Where will the Detroit Lions’ second first-round pick land?
If the Rams go on to win the Super Bowl, the pick headed to the Lions will of course land at No. 32. With a big h/t to Pride of Detroit, here’s where the pick could land if the Rams lose to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next Sunday. There are mechanics and tie-breakers based on regular season records, etc.
-If the Rams lose to the Buccaneers next week, the Kansas City Chiefs lose to the Buffalo Bills and the Green Bay Packers lose to the San Francisco 49ers, the pick will land at No. 26.
-If the Chiefs lose to the Bills or the Packers lose to the 49ers, the pick be No. 27.
-If the Chiefs and Packers both win, the pick will be No. 28.
If the Rams beat the Buccaneers, as they did back in Week 3, the pick will move to between No. 29 and No. 32 depending on conference title game results.
Many Lions fans were rooting for Stafford to get a playoff win, even if it meant the second first-round pick in April would drop a few spots. Now it’s worth wondering where Lions fans land with that, but the days leading up to Divisional Round weekend will reveal it.