As the 2021 NFL Draft approaches, the Detroit Lions currently hold the No. 7 pick in the first round. With the Lions having a lot of areas to improve on their roster, fans and experts have been theorizing who they could draft with that pick.
Jared Goff will be the new quarterback in town after the Lions acquired him and a stash of draft picks from the Los Angeles Rams over the offseason. With that being said, it seemed like Detroit wouldn't be taking a quarterback in the first round of the draft. In fact, some even expect them to trade down in the draft to acquire more valuable pieces, such as draft picks or players that can help them win now.
Benjamin Allbright, a Denver Broncos analyst, reported on Tuesday that a source told him that the Lions may consider keeping the No. 7 pick and using it on a quarterback if there's someone they like enough.
On one hand, this could all be a smart strategy by the Lions to increase the pick's trade value. The Denver Broncos are in desperate need of a quarterback. and are slated to pick No. 9, not far behind Detroit. If they have their eyes set on the likes of Mac Jones, Trey Lance or even Justin Fields (if any fall) and are worried about the Lions drafting one, or another team trading up to snag them, the Broncos could pay a pretty price to trade with Detroit.
On the other hand, the Lions could end up keeping the pick if they really like one of the aforementioned quarterbacks. While they do have Goff on their roster, they may not be convinced that he's the quarterback of the future. Especially if the Lions see a prospect in the draft that they feel like they can build their team around.
At the end of the day, it's a win-win situation for the Lions. What they're doing is smart asset management. If they can convince a team to trade an astronomical price to move up to the No. 7 selection, fans should end up being pleased with the haul.
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