Lions Trade Twice In Gator's First-Round Mock Draft

They find a heat-seeking missile in Oklahoma LB Kenneth Murray.

Karsch and Anderson
April 23, 2020 - 9:40 am
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I have the Lions trading twice in the 2020 NFL Draft, but not in my fantasyland way.  The traditional trade is with the Dolphins, which allows Detroit to slide down a couple slots and still take Jeff Okudah.  The Lions get picks Nos. 5, 26 and 70 for their troubles. 

The second trade is a bit predictable in that the Patriots are the partner. Here, the Lions find a heat-seeking missile from Oklahoma in LB Kenneth Murray at No. 23 overall, sending New England No. 26 overall and a 2021 fourth-rounder.

The Lions end up with six of the top 85 selections in the draft and find themselves adding playmakers on both sides of the ball, with the potential for a home run-hitting RB and a solid WR from a very deep class on Day 2.  

I would expect an OL to come off the board on Friday night, as well as a pass rusher, with a flurry of Big Ten talent available (Jonathan Taylor, J.K. Dobbins, Tyler Johnson, K.J. Hamler, Josh Uche, Kenny Willekes, Ben Bredeson).

Looking ahead to the second round, there's still a ton of talent as I had no RB's taken in the first. QB Jordan Love could be around, DT's Justin Madubuike and Neville Gallimore and a trio of safeties in Grant Delpit, Antoine Winfield and Jeremy Chinn.

The first round reflects what I think the Lions will do with their first pick. Beyond that, it's pure speculation and a lot of fun.

Enjoy!

- Gator

1.       Bengals                 Joe Burrow                         QB LSU

2.       Redskins              Chase Young                      Edge OSU

3.       Dolphins              Tua Tagovailo                     QB Alabama                       Trade with Lions: Lions receive picks #5, #26 and #70

4.       Giants                   Mekhi Becton                    OT Louisville

5.       Lions                      Jeff Okudah                        CB OSU

6.       Chargers              Justin Herbert                   QB Oregon

7.       Carolina                Isaiah Simmons                 S/LB Clemson

8.       Cardinals              Jedrick Wills                        OT Alabama

9.       Jaguars                 Javon Kinlaw                      DT South Carolina

10.   Browns                 Tristan Wirfs                       OT Iowa

11.   Atlanta                 C.J. Henderson                  CB Florida                            Trade with Jets: Jets receive picks #16, 2021 2nd round pick

12.   Raiders                 Derrick Brown                   DT Auburn

13.   Eagles                   Henry Ruggs                       WR Alabama                      Trade with 49ers: 49ers receive picks #21 and #53

14.   Buccaneers         Andrew Thomas                T Georgia

15.   Broncos               Cee Dee Lamb                   WR Oklahoma

16.   Jets                       Jerry Jeudy                         WR Alabama

17.   Cowboys              K’lavon Chaisson               Edge LSU

18.   Dolphins              Xavier McKinney               S Alabama

19.   Raiders                 Justin Jefferson                 WR LSU

20.   Jaguars                 A.J. Epenesa                       Edge Iowa

21.   49ers                     Brandon Aiyuk                   WR ASU

22.   Vikings                  Jaylon Johnson                  CB Utah

23.   Lions                      Kenneth Murray               LB Oklahoma                     Trade with Patriots (Miami): Patriots receive picks #26 and 2021 4th round pick

24.   Saints                    Patrick Queen                    LB LSU

25.   Vikings                  Yetur Gross-Matos            Edge PSU

26.   Patriots                Zack Baun                            LB Wisconsin

27.   Seahawks            Austin Jackson                    OT USC

28.   Ravens                 Cesar Ruiz                            C/G Michigan

29.   Titans                    Ross Blacklock                    DT TCU

30.   Packers                Tee Higgins                          WR Clemson

31.   49ers                     Josh Jones                           OT Houston

32.   Chiefs                   Trevon Diggs                       CB Alabama