5 ways the Detroit Lions can get an extra top-10 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft

Lions GM Brad Holmes speaks to the media on Tuesday, Jan.11, 2022, in Allen Park.Lions
Lions GM Brad Holmes speaks to the media on Tuesday, Jan.11, 2022, in Allen Park.Lions /
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Trade #3

Detroit Receives: Pick No. 5

Seattle Receives: Pick No. 18, 48, 2024 first-round pick, 2025 second-round pick

A dream scenario for the team, this trade happens if either Will Anderson or Jalen Carter slide to pick No. 5 and the Lions want to make a motherload offer to get one of them. They give up a lot in this deal, trading away two first-round picks, and two second-round picks. But to move up and get Carter or Anderson could be worth it. Seattle does this deal in an attempt to stock up on current and future draft picks to address depth issues on their defense. They have some pending free agents and could use the extra picks to address these holes.

If the Lions go this route, here is who they could potentially draft with two top-10 picks:

Pick #5: Alabama EDGE Will Anderson, or Georgia DT Jalen Carter

Pick #6: Penn State CB Joey Porter Jr.

Anderson and Carter are premium prospects and would change the entire complexion of the defense. At their best, Anderson could end up becoming 90% of what Micah Parsons is. And Carter reminds of a lighter and more agile Ndamukong Suh. There isn’t much need to explain why either of them would be helpful to the defense if they could turn into those comparisons. Either player could be worth the move up.

Porter is a cornerback that isn’t getting as much attention as some of the other prospects at his position. But he certainly is just as capable and may end up being the best one of them all. He is long, physical, and is best at breaking up passes through physicality. He allowed only 143 yards in 10 games this past season. He’d be a welcome addition to the defensive back group.