Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Calm Before The Storm...

The economy may be down for many people, but tomorrow night in New York City there will be 32 former college football players will become millionaires.

The 2013 NFL Draft will be taking place tomorrow night. This is a great time of year for football fans across the country. There is a feeling of excitement in the air as people gather around to discuss which players their team should pick and why. Everyone feels hopeful as they learn which players they will be seeing on the field come this fall.

The Detroit Lions are slated to be choosing 5th this year and have a lot of different options in front of them. They have many holes to fill on their roster and can use the pick to draft somebody to fill that spot. They could also trade that pick for other draft picks and move down in the first round. Or they could do the opposite and make a trade and move up in the draft.

Since this year’s draft doesn’t have a legitimate #1 pick, I would write off the Lions trading up. Teams typically don’t trade up unless they have a glaring need AND there is a superstar athlete available in the draft that will make an immediate impact. Trading out of the #5 spot is certainly an option, provided they can find a willing partner who is able to put together an attractive package.

Quite honestly, I feel that the best option for the Lions is to stay put at pick #5. They have a glaring need on their offensive line and there are 3 top prospects that are available. At least one of them should be available when the Lions draft. They could draft any of them and, barring injury, pencil them in as a starter for the next 10 years.

Of course, these are the Lions…they could end up drafting a wide receiver!

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