Draft Watch: Lions 'Open For Business' With No. 3 Pick

But a trade down might not be so easy.

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April 06, 2020 - 11:01 am

One thing seems certain about the Lions in approach of the draft. They're going defense in the first round. 

The question is when they'll be on the clock. 

No. 3? Or will they trade down? 

To no surprise, they're angling for the latter. The challenge for Bob Quinn and the Lions is that they're not alone. While a couple quarterback-needy teams will try to move up the board, there are more clubs like Detroit trying to move down, according to Sports Illustrated

"It’s no secret that the Lions are open for business with the third pick. And they’re not alone. Early word is this year’s draft is no different than most—with more teams near the top willing to move down than up."

Per SI, the Jaguars (at No. 9) and the Raiders (No. 12) are among the other teams hoping to trade down. That's a surprise, considering both teams have been rumored trade partners for Detroit. If the Jags and Raiders aren't options, the list of interested parties is likely down to the Dolphins (at No. 5) and the Chargers (No. 6). 

The Patriots (No. 23) could reportedly attempt to swing a deal with Detroit as well, but that's a longshot at best. Miami remains the most likely trade partner. 

Whether or not the Lions trade down, their target seems to be Ohio State CB Jeffrey Okudah. Auburn DT Derrick Brown and Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons are also names to watch.