I decided to look up the NFL draft history to help us predict what position the Lions may select. I went back from 2019 to 2009 in NFL drafts.

At pick #3 there have been

4 - DE’s

3 - DT’s

2 - QB’s

1 - LBer

1 - RB

7 defensive linemen suggests that if the Lions stay at 3 that a DE or DT is a high probability.

So let’s look a little deeper.

In picks 1-3

14 - QB’s

7 - DE’s

4 - DT’s

4 - OT’s

2 - RB’s

2 - LBers.

This would suggest it’s highly likely we would select a QB or a DL mainly a DE.

So let’s look at picks 1-5

15 - QB’s

10 - DE’s

7 - OT’s

5 - LBers

5 - WR’s

4 - RB’s

4 - DB’s

4 - DT’s

1 - OG

Here’s where it got a little interesting … while no DB’s went in the first 3 picks. History suggests that DB and DT are just as likely to go in the first 5 picks but both fell just one behind WR and LBer. I’d argue that LBer, WR, DT and DB are basically the same odds.

So the conclusion is that if the Lions stay at 3 the odds are heavy we would take a QB or DE and after those two options it’s equally likely we would take a DT, DB, LB, RB or WR.

So based on these facts what position do you predict we take and who?

I say DE - Chase Young