This seems to be the million dollar question. Some years its pretty easy to guess one or two directions they might go. Not this year. To me, it seems as though the Lions needs and the top 10 talents don’t line up very well. Arguably, that is. We could probably use a QB (maybe 4 here in the top 10). We could probably use a CB (Maybe 2 here top 10), and we could definitely use a WR (maybe two or three here top 10 or so).
But if I had to guess, in a perfect world, they’d like to shore up the front seven with a dominant player.
Micah Parsons might fit that bill. A five star recruit who is immensely talented. However, I’m not sure he is a top 10 guy. Maybe. Off the ball LBs are not always the best choice for a top 10 pick, exceptions noted. Kwity Paye could be an option as the upside is there, but not sure of the fit, and I’m not sold on him that high.
I dunno, I see a bunch of QBs, WRs, and a couple of offensive tackles as our choices. Maybe a pass-catching TE. Maybe we reach for Kwity Paye. Maybe we take a chance on Parsons. We go WR we might not even get our first pick of them. Regardless… Pick 7 just doesn’t feel ideal to me, unless…
Unless we take a QB.
If we stay put at 7, I think this is the move if its there. There are risks here, clearly. I think to myself the odds that all four (five with Mac?) of these QBs become stars. The truth is the odds are small. Many teams reach for QBs out of desperation. I don’t want to do that. But at the same time, if there is one we like, this has to be the move. That could mean a trade up. Or maybe a trade up becomes unattainable or impractical.
The problem with taking a QB is what the teams want to do in front of us. Jags, probably Jets, maybe the Falcons, probably the Eagles at 6, probably Carolina right behind us. Maybe the Dolphins at 3. Lots of intrigue here.
Then we have a trade down scenario. But who is going to trade up if we can’t get a QB? Maybe we pass on a QB since we have Goff and another team wants him. Its possible. But who else do we get a trade up for?
I like the trade down scenario if we don’t draft a QB, it allows a player at a spot we need for more appropriate value. But it takes two to tango.
I’m not sure what direction I prefer quite yet.