After ending the 2019 season with a record of 3-12-1, the Detroit Lions currently hold the #3 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. However, the latest rumors question whether the Lions will trade out of their current position in the first round.
Last season, Detroit finished 31st in total yards, allowing over 400 yards per game to opponents. Meanwhile, the offense finished 17th in the league with 346.8 yards per game. The receiving core was led by Kenny Golladay, who emerged as the deep threat with a career-high 11 touchdowns.
Even though the defense was abysmal last season, there were a few bright spots. One of the leaders was Trey Flowers, who the team signed in free agency last offseason. He recorded seven sacks during the 2019 campaign. As for Tracy Walker, his sophomore season included 103 total tackles.
With the third overall pick, Detroit has multiple options if they keep their pick. The top defensive prospects include the likes of cornerback Jeff Okudah and linebacker Isaiah Simmons. Both players have the potential to become franchise leaders for the Lions defense.
Another option for Detroit could involve their interest in selecting a quarterback of the future. With Matthew Stafford entering his age 32 season, perhaps an heir to the position will become a temptation. The top quarterbacks available could involve the likes of Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert.
At this time, if the Lions keep their current pick in the first round, they are more likely to focus on their immediate needs on defense. After trading away Darius Slay, a prospect such as Okudah becomes the favorite in recent mocks conducted by The Athletes Hub:
“Detroit has a multitude of needs, but defense is their top priority. With Darius Slay gone, the Lions need a new top cornerback and Okudah fits the bill. He is tall, fast, agile and provides plenty of upside.“
Interested trade suitors for the third overall pick include the Miami Dolphins and Los Angeles Chargers at this time. With the unknown health factor of Tagovailoa, there is no telling what a team could give up in draft compensation in order to move up to Detroit’s pick.
If the Lions drop a few slots back in the first round, there is still a likely chance that Okudah will still be available. However, the unpredictability of the NFL Draft could force Detroit to wonder if they’re overthinking their current hand. In the right scenario, this could be a major advantage for the Lions.
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