3 Teams That Should Trade Up for Lions' No. 7 Pick in 2021 NFL Draft

Three teams that should trade up for the Detroit Lions' No. 7 overall pick.
Three teams that should trade up for the Detroit Lions' No. 7 overall pick. / Rey Del Rio/Getty Images

The 2021 NFL Draft is almost here and there have already been a few major trades involving first round picks. So, it wouldn't be surprising to see another deal done before teams are on the clock at the end of April. One team that could make a move is the Detroit Lions as reports have come out saying the team is open to trading down.

With that being said, here are three teams that should trade up in the 2021 NFL Draft for the Lions' No. 7 overall pick.

1. Minnesota Vikings (No. 14)

Unlike the other two teams on this list, the Minnesota Vikings are not likely looking to grab a top quarterback prospect if they move up. Instead, Minnesota would be aiming to bolster its offensive line by selecting someone like Oregon's Penei Sewell. With the amount of game-changing skill players in this class, it is definitely possible Sewell finds himself falling a bit in the first round. The Vikings haven't made a trade to move up in the first round since 1987, but this team ranked in the lower half of the NFL when it came to sacks given up per game (2.4). Sewell could step into a starting role from day one.

2. New England Patriots (No. 15)

The New England Patriots have already made a huge splash this offseason by signing numerous free agents including tight ends Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry. The team also re-signed Cam Newton, but he doesn't seem to be a long-term answer at quarterback. This class has an elite group of quarterback prospects and New England would almost certainly be able to draft one of them if they moved up to No. 7. Bringing in a player like Mac Jones or Trey Lance could be exactly what the Patriots need to push them back into the postseason. They could find their next franchise QB here.

3. Chicago Bears (No. 20)

Another team with question marks surrounding the quarterback position is the Chicago Bears. Veterans Nick Foles and Andy Dalton are the team's current options heading into next season, but the Bears are still in search of a franchise QB ready to lead the offense for years to come. It's possible a player like Justin Fields falls in the first round and this would be the perfect way for Chicago to steal him at No. 7. A rookie quarterback could learn from the veterans on the roster and prepare to take over in the coming future. This would be a smart move by the Bears.

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