Guys- if we’re thinking the Lions are going to have to take whatever scrap Miami is willing to toss us for the privilege of landing Tua Tagovailoa, think again.
Consider that the Chargers are rolling into a new stadium. They are desperately trying to carve out a fan base against a powerful cross-town rival Rams franchise with LA history, a bright young head coach, and a Super Bowl trip less than 2 years ago. How do the Chargers compete against all of that? Well, we know they swung for the fences in an attempt to do just that recently by pursuing (and missing out on) a franchise-defining QB- Tom Brady.
I for one cannot imagine a scenario where Miami and LAC don’t bid aggressively against one another for Tua at 3. LAC will offer 6 & 37. Miami counters with 5 & 26. LAC sweetens the pot with 6, 37, & 71. Miami coughs up 5, 26, & 56… LAC kicks in a 2nd rounder in 2021…you get my point. I firmly believe the Lions end up with at least 3 picks for #3 OA- and quite possibly more. History clearly shows Jimmy Johnson’s sacred draft trade value chart is tossed out the window when multiple teams are vying for a top 3 franchise QB.
Here’s where it gets real interesting. I believe the Jaguars are a legit dark horse in the Tua sweepstakes. Right now, last years 7th round pick Gardner Minshew sits atop Jacksonville’s QB depth chart. Sure, he had a decent rookie year. But think about it…If GM Dave Caldwell wants to finally land the true franchise QB he’s never had, he can do that right now by offerIng 9, 20 & 73 along with a 2021 1st rounder (they have 2 1st round picks in 2021).
The Lions will have 2 if not 3 QB-desperate teams all vying for their #3 overall pick.
So which offer do you take ?
1.) Miami’s 5, 26, & 56
2.) LAC’s 6, 37, & 71 + 2021 2nd rounder
3.) Jacksonville’s 9, 20 & 73 + 2021 1st rounder