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Lions Could Be 'Surprise Quarterback Team' In NFL Draft: Report

The draft kicks off Thursday night.

April 22, 2019 - 4:15 pm

Heading into the draft, the Lions' various needs are pretty well-known. 

They could use help at guard, tight end and wide receiver on offense, and cornerback, edge rusher and linebacker on defense. 

Surely, Bob Quinn will address one of those positions with the eighth overall pick. Even if he trades down, which is becoming a distinct possibility, the situation doesn't really change. 

But could the Lions go in a completely different direction?

Could they stun the football world and draft...Matthew Stafford's successor?

Don't bet on it, with Stafford under contract through 2022 and about as low as it gets on the list of Detroit's issues. But don't completely rule it out. 

Via Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated:

"The Lions would really, really like to trade down and accumulate picks, which makes them a lot like almost everyone else.  If they don’t, an edge rusher (Rashan Gary?) could be in play, and there’s even been speculation in league circles that they could be the surprise quarterback team." 

Who knows how things will play out in the first seven picks, but there will certainly be some enticing quarterbacks on the board at No. 8. No, not Heisman winner Kyler Murray, who's expected to go first overall to the Cardinals, but Big Ten Player of the Year Dwayne Haskins could be there. 

Missouri's Drew Lock and Duke's Daniel Jones figure to be available as well. Both are trade-down candidates. 

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For what it's worth, Quinn didn't rule out drafting a quarterback when asked about it earlier this offseason. 

"We'll consider any position in the draft at any point in time, whether it's the eighth overall pick or we have multiple picks later in the draft. We're in a position now with the eighth overall pick that the whole draft board is really wide open to us. We're not going to really eliminate any prospects.

"In previous years, at least my last couple years here, we've drafted anywhere from 16 to (21). It's a little bit different for us this year. There's a few more players that are going to be available. If there's a quarterback out there that we deem could help us this year or in the future, we'll never close the door on that."

Of course, it's much more likely Quinn uses his highest draft pick in his four-year tenure as Lions GM to plug one of the team's aforementioned holes. 

Breer, for his part, tabbed tight end T.J. Hockenson:

"I’d guess right now that, rather than drafting (a quarterback) in the first round, they’ll find a weapon for the guy they already have by aiming right for the middle of the fairway."