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 #4

Detroit Receives: Pick No. 4

Indianapolis Receives: Pick No. 18, 2024 first-round pick, QB Jared Goff

This deal sees the Lions give up pick No. 18, a first-round pick next year, and ship out Goff to the Colts who feel like they have a roster that is ready to contend outside of the quarterback position. The Lions get the No. 4 pick to draft the quarterback of the future if they don’t see Goff as it. The Colts would get the best quarterback they’ve had since Andrew Luck and would give themselves a real chance to compete for the AFC South title and maybe even make a run in the playoffs. They also would add a first-round pick next year.

If the Lions go this route, here is who they could potentially draft with those selections:

Pick #4: Ohio State QB C.J Stroud

Pick #6: Clemson DT Bryan Bresee

Stroud was incredible at the college level these past two years, showcasing elite accuracy and touch while having above average arm strength. He has the pinpoint ball location that teams are looking for and is the best quarterback prospect to come from Ohio State in recent memory (yes even better than Justin Fields). The Lions make this trade so that they can get Stroud, assuming he is still available at No. 4. He would reset the franchise a bit but would give them the long-term upside they have been needing for a while.

Bresee would be a welcome addition to the front four of the line and would give them three players on that front they can feel good about. He and Alim McNeill would give them two young guys on the interior that would be a problem for opposing offenses. He would help to shore up the run defense that ranked 28th in the league this past year.