3 combinations for the Detroit Lions two 2023 first-round picks

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The option that is probably the most flashy and least appealing to Lions fans, this one provides the Lions with a new quarterback and running back. Most of the work that needs to happen with this roster comes on the defensive side, but there’s an argument for a new path at both of those spots on the offensive side. In a broad sense it doesn’t make much sense for the Lions to go in this direction, but it’s interesting to think about it.

No. 6: QB C.J. Stroud–Ohio State

Jared Goff has certainly played his way into being the Lions’ starting quarterback in 2023, but it still a legit question over whether he is the long-term solution. Stroud is a legit quarterback prospect who has above-average arm strength and elite accuracy. He is widely mocked to go in he top-five right now, but if he is available at No.6 the Lions could consider making Stroud their franchise signal caller.

No. 18: RB Bijan Robinson–Texas

With Jamaal Williamsset to be a free agent, and there being durability concerns with D’Andre Swift, the Lions could be looking towards the draft to address the future at the running back position. Robinson has been the best back in college football the past two seasons. He has ideal speed and size to be a great running back at the next level. He would provide even more stability (with a real dose of upside) to a running back room that may still be well set up.

There are lots of options for the Lions to pursue in this upcoming draft. While the pain of not making the playoffs may still sting, it’s never too early to turn the attention towards the future. For once, that future in Detroit is flush with optimism.

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