Three Trade-Back Scenarios For Lions With No. 3 Pick

Numerous teams have the assets to make a play.

97.1 The Ticket
February 06, 2020 - 1:44 pm

If there's one consensus among Lions fans ahead of the draft, it seems to be this: Detroit should trade down at third overall. 

There are several quarterback-needy teams behind them, most of whom will have interest in the No. 3 pick to take Tua Tagovailoa. And the Lions, depending how far they move back, can still get the difference-maker on defense they need. 

The most obvious trade partner is the Dolphins at No. 5. Miami is said to be high on Tagovailoa, and it has two extra first-round picks at No. 18 and No. 26. But other teams have the resources to make a play, too, like the Raiders and Jaguars. 

Here are three trade-back scenarios for the Lions based on recent mock drafts/reports. 

Trade Partner: Dolphins

Lions get: 5th, 39th and 70th overall picks

At 5th overall: Lions draft Ohio State CB Jeffrey Okudah "This would be a no-brainer trade-back scenario for Detroit ... Not only were the Lions tied for a league-low seven interceptions in 2019, but Darius Slay is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2020 season. Leading the Buckeyes in interceptions in 2019, Okudah has an ideal blend of size, athleticism and fluidity to develop into a shutdown corner at the next level."

Trade Partner: Raiders

Lions get: 12th and 19th overall picks and a 2021 2nd round pick

At 12th overall: Lions draft LSU CB Kristian Fulton

At 19th overall: Lions draft Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy "Matt Patricia learned under Bill Belichick, and with plenty of needs that he has to address, he trades down. ... (Lions) still get a top corner in Kristian Fulton and pick up an extra first-round pick. ... Use second first-rounder from Oakland to give Matt Stafford another tool in the passing game. Jeudy is not big, but he's such a terrific route-runner."

Trade Partner: Colts

Lions get: 13th overall, 34th overall and 44th overall picks Indianapolis has questions at quarterback, and general manager Chris Ballard will try to move ahead of Miami, which has the No. 5 pick, to get Tagovailoa. In Ballard's favor is that Indianapolis has nine picks in this year's draft.