As the Detroit Lions survey the landscape of quarterbacks in this year’s draft, here are 5 later-round prospects they could target.
The idea of Jared Goff as the team’s long-term quarterback is one a lot of Detroit Lions fans can get behind. But the reality is there’s a natural ceiling with Goff, and possible smokescreen aside head coach Dan Campbell openly acknowledged the need to consider who might succeed Goff.
"We believe we can win with Jared Goff. And in the meantime, we also know he’s not going to be here for the next 10 years. It’s not like Jared Goff is a rookie. So certainly our eyes are on potentially a quarterback. The question is where do you acquire that at? And that’s something that Brad and I kick around all the time. But we don’t feel like we’re pressed right now. We don’t feel like we’re pressed, but that doesn’t mean our eyes aren’t on a quarterback.”"
It’s enticing to consider the Lions taking the plunge on a quarterback with the sixth overall pick in the draft later this month, or even that they’d move up from No. 6 to get someone they especially like. It also doesn’t seem incredibly likely, but “never say never”.
Assuming the Lions go other directions in the first 2-3 rounds of the draft, here are five later-round quarterbacks who they could (and quite possibly should) have on their radar.