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Lions 'Aggressively' Trying To Trade Down In First Round Of Draft: Report

Bob Quinn spoke favorably about the idea last week.

April 08, 2019 - 5:52 pm
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The Lions currently own the eighth overall pick in the draft. Where they actually end up picking remains to be seen -- it could be a few spots lower. 

According to Sports Illustrated, the Lions will be "aggressively looking to deal down in the first round." 

Why?

There isn't believed to be much of a difference in talent this year "between the No. 10 and No. 15 picks." What's more, the latter half of the first round to the third round is seen as a particularly strong source of depth. 

Lions GM Bob Quinn spoke favorably about the possibility of trading down during an interview last week with Ian Rapoport. 

"I always like draft picks," said Quinn. "If we can move back a little bit, a couple spots, and pick up another pick, the depth in this draft is really—from the late first to the third—there’s a lot of really good players in there. 

"So if I could ever move back a few spots, get a really good player in the first round and add another pick, I think that’s something that’d be great. People out there listening, I'm open for business."

The Lions own nine picks entering the draft, including two each in the sixth and seventh rounds. They have the 11th pick in the second round and the 25th pick in the third round.

The eighth overall pick is the highest Quinn has had in his four drafts as GM. 

The draft will take place from April 25-27.