We’re a little over a month from draft day. The Lions shored up their offensive line with George Foster and running game with Tatum Bell in their trade with
In a perfect world, the Lions draft and trade, taking Quinn and trading him for one of the top linemen: preferably DE Gaines Adams or the top DTs, either Alan Branch or Amobi Okoye. Any of these three will likely have as high a ceiling as Quinn and will make as much of a contribution immediately, to boot. And they don’t have to pay QB (or 2nd pick) salary.
Another scenario that is worth the Lions’ time is a trade down, getting another veteran player or high second round pick with a mid first round pick. Landing ILB Patrick Willis would be a real coup for this team, considering he seems to have the leadership intangibles necessary to become a real defensive leader. His presence between Sims and Bailey on the outside would make the Lions defense suddenly impressive.
As for the rest of the top 10? The question of the moment is will they or won’t they with the Raiders. As any team picking first,
Other interesting questions:
Are the Browns going to stick by Frye or take a QB if available? Or are they more interested in Adrian Peterson?
Aren’t the Bucs in the same boat at #4? Their ground game is fine, but should they look for another skill position, or go for defense?
Can the Cardinals afford not to take an Offensive Lineman?
What trade that makes so much sense but nobody saw coming will happen before the tenth pick? What team will be willing to make the gamble?
What will Mike Shanahan’s Broncos do to maximize the draft? And which RB will they draft in the fifth or sixth round that will lead the team in rushing next year?
More speculation to come!
And don’t forget: the safest bets are never that safe, so you may as well take a chance. And please, Matt Millen, for the love of all that is holy, if you even look at a wide receiver, it can only be Calvin Johnson.