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Lions Reportedly Interested in Trading Down in 2021 NFL Draft

Larry Rupp
The Detroit Lions are reportedly interested in trading down in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft.
The Detroit Lions are reportedly interested in trading down in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. / Rey Del Rio/Getty Images
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The 2021 NFL Draft has the chance to have one of the most exciting first rounds in years involving a multitude of trades and surprising selections. Another storyline to add to the mix involves the Detroit Lions and the possibility of trading the No. 7 overall pick.

Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer reported that the Lions are having exploratory talks with other teams regarding a trade down in the first round. Detroit is in obvious rebuild mode and could benefit from acquiring additional draft capital in hopes of building a balanced roster.

Detroit Lions Trade Down

After trading for Jared Goff this offseason, the Lions are not expected to be looking to take a quarterback at this spot. However, the two teams directly behind them are (Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos). This means a team could trade with the Lions in order to jump ahead and steal a top quarterback prospect.

Plus, Detroit can trade down and still select an elite-level prospect at a position of need in order to bolster its core for years to come. It is important to note that this type of trade likely wouldn't go down until the draft is underway given it relies solely on who is still on the board at that time.

Detroit's front office is full of new faces and this kind of move could easily change the future of this franchise moving forward. The Lions could use all the help they can get and it would be hard to argue against them moving this pick if they are able to receive a massive haul in return.


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