5 ways the Detroit Lions can get an extra top-10 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft
Detroit Receives: Pick No. 10
Philadelphia Receives: Pick No. 18, 48, and 81
This trade sees the Lions give up the No. 18 pick, one of their second-round picks , and a third-round pick to the defending NFC Champions to move up to No.10. This trade happens if the Lions see another premier player that they want and are worried he won’t make it to pick No. 18. The Eagles, who have a ton of free agents on their defense, would get a chance to restock talent through the draft. They would have six picks in the first three rounds after this deal. For a team that is getting ready to sign quarterback Jalen Hurts to a massive extension, they could use some cheaper contracts on the roster.
If the Lions go this route, here is who they could potentially draft with those two top-10 selections:
Pick #6: Texas Tech DE Tyree Wilson
Pick #10: Illinois CB Devon Witherspoon
The team needs lots of help on the defensive side of the ball. While they could end up with a fair amount of cap space to address these holes, the draft may present the best long-term solutions to their issues. Wilson is a powerhouse on the line, using a combination of strength and speed to get past blockers. He had 14 sacks the past two seasons and would also be a long-term book-end to complement Hutchinson. They could easily turn into one of the best 1-2 punches in the league.
Witherspoon is all over the place in mock drafts but most have him anywhere between picks 10-15. He is a rangy and strong cornerback who has great man-coverage skills, something the team has been sorely lacking. He has true No. 1 corner potential and even reminds you of Sauce Gardner in size and play style.
This trade would add two legit pieces to a defense that is in need of an upgrade. They could be long-term fixtures on the defensive side of the ball.