2. Seattle Seahawks, No. 9 overall
The Seahawks are also in a state of transition, with Russell Wilson gone and a few notables from the last chunk of years in Seattle perhaps not far behind if not already gone. But they did recoup a top-10 pick from Denver in the Wilson deal, which positions them to take a quarterback of the future if there’s an opportunity they like. And no, Drew Lock isn’t the long-term guy under center barring something unforeseen.
The Seahawks are in a position where they could offer a young, proven player (who they may not want to pay, given the market at said position) at a position of need for the Lions in a trade to move up to No. 2. That might be part of the ask on Holmes’ end, or talks with Seattle will be short-lived.
Lions get: No. 9 overall (2022), WR DK Metcalf, first-round pick (2023 or 2024), second or third-round pick (2022, 2023 or 2024)
Seahawks get: No. 2 overall (2022), fifth or sixth-round pick (2022 or 2023)
1. Carolina Panthers, No. 6 overall
There is probably no more quarterback-thirsty team out there than the Panthers, having missed on Matthew Stafford, Deshaun Watson and others over the last couple offseasons. Owner David Tepper aspires to have a franchise quarterback, as he knows you can’t get anywhere lofty without one.
If the Panthers like Malik Willis enough to want make sure they get him, even if they keep Sam Darnold as a placeholder for next season, they may take heed of all the buzz attaching the Lions to the former Liberty signal caller and want to get up to No. 2. Holmes may be able to take advantage of some desperation here.
Lions get: No. 6 overall (2022), second-round pick (2023), first-round pick (2023 or 2024), second-round pick (2024), third-round pick (2023)
Panthers get: No. 2 overall (2022), future fourth-round pick