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Like most teams, the Detroit Lions will have some decisions to make about next week’s NFL draft. In the Lions’ case, one of those decisions will involve whether to trade the No. 7 overall pick.
Per first-year GM Brad Holmes, the Lions have been taking calls about trading down, or perhaps even up.
“Yes, there have been [trade] discussions with other teams,” Holmes admitted to reporters. “I will keep those in house, but yeah, there have been discussions.”
Of course, the Lions already have made one major deal — acquiring quarterback Jared Goff from the Los Angeles Rams in a deal that sent QB Matthew Stafford to the Rams. In that regard, it’s hard to envision the Lions trading up. Most of the top players at the draft are expected to be quarterbacks.
Most likely, the Lions will keep their pick and do what all teams in their position do — take the best player available in an area of need.
“Whenever you’re picking in the top 10, obviously it’s an extremely valuable pick, but it’s very exciting to be looking at this crop of players that would be worthy of selecting,” Holmes said. “Where I just came from, we weren’t really used to picking in the first round that much. So being up in the top 10 (is cool).
“But at seven, we do have a cluster of players that we’re comfortable with picking. At the same time, we would be very prepared and also willing to move in either direction. So we’re still open in those regards, but there is a cluster of players that we would be comfortable with.”
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Oh great, just when you think the Lions can’t possibly screw up a pick in this loaded draft the front office seems to be yelling “Hold my beer!”