ESPN Proposes Trade For The Detroit Lions And The 20th Pick

One thing people haven't been talking about too much is whether or not the Lions will make a trade.

Evan Jankens
April 16, 2018 - 9:51 am

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When the Lions are on the clock in the 2018 NFL Draft everyone will know the player they want the Lions to pick. 

One thing people haven't been talking about too much is whether or not the Lions will make a trade.

ESPN released an article titled "Barnwell's 2018 All-Trades Mock Draft," which is exactly what it sounds like -- a trade idea for every NFL team.

Barnwell states at the start of the article, "The 32 trades take place in 32 different universes where a different set of players are still available."

The Lions' trade is intriguing. They would get defensive end Whitney Mercilus from the Houston Texans as well as their first-round pick in 2019 in exchange for the 20th overall pick this year:

The Texans desperately need to find a way to protect budding superstar Deshaun Watson. They currently have the league's worst tackle situation -- if not its worst offensive line -- and are without first- and second-round picks, preventing new general manager Brian Gaine from drafting a replacement who is likely to start Week 1.

Houston's most expendable asset with value is Mercilus, a talented pass-rusher who is a luxury on a team with Jadeveon Clowney and J.J. Watt. The Lions would love to have a second pass-rusher across from Ezekiel Ansah, and while it means waiting a year for Houston's first-round pick, they can look to the Browns, who are reaping the benefits of their patience with that fourth overall selection acquired in last year's draft trade with the Texans.

Would you like to see the Lions make a trade in the 2018 NFL Draft or would you rather have the team stand pat?