4. Patrick Surtain II, Denver Broncos
Let's get this one out of the way. A segment of Lions fans want only Surtain among potential available Denver Broncos players. And per ESPN's Adam Schefter, who is presumably still somewhat plugged in with the Broncos due to his reporting roots there, few if any players are completely off-limits moving toward the trade deadline. And that was Sunday morning, before they lost to the New York Jets in Week 5. Something is broken with that team, and Sean Payton just can't fix it.
"Many sources around the league believe the Broncos would be willing to listen to trade interest in almost any player on the defensive side"-Adam Schefter
The Broncos being willing to listen to trade interest in "almost any player on the defensive side" would seem to exclude Surtain, who at 23 years old and in his third season could be part of a future solution in Denver. But on the other hand, he's also someone the Broncos could get a future-changing boatload of assets for in a trade. That uniquely positions him as a potential trade asset.
Maybe the Broncos will say no to any and all trade offers for Surtain, who is one of the best young cornerbacks (and truly one of the best cornerbacks) in the NFL. But there's only one way to find out for sure, so maybe Brad Holmes makes a call.
Surtain is far more than an option to bolster cornerback depth. If he could be acquired and it got done, he'd be a symbol the Lions mean business this year.