The Lions have flirted with Sammy Watkins and even Jadeveon Clowney but there’s no way they’ll be able to draft them unless they move up. That’s still a possibility, but certainly chances seem slim.
Depending who is available when the Lions draft at No. 10, it might make sense for them to trade down.
Mike Mayock, NFL Network analyst, thinks it could happen.
“If Detroit is there at 10 and the one or two guys they really wanted are gone, even if they moved down five or six spots and they got one pick, a third round. To me that’s a bonus. Why not? You’re going to get the same guy at 14, you’re going to get at 10 and if you pickup a third- or fourth-round pick that’s awesome. I don’t think it’s something they’re going to know until they get on the clock,’’ Mayock said on a conference call today (Thursday).
He explained that since the new Collective Bargaining Agreement was reached, the point system trade chart is not used as much, if at all.
“Teams are doing more and more things that just make sense functionally from a football perspective and they’re throwing the trade charts out the window,’’ Mayock said.
Mayock only does one official mock draft and that will be released on Wednesday at 9 p.m. on the NFL Network.
But he said he made two unofficial mocks on Wednesday night and had the Lions drafting cornerback Darqueze Dennard (in photo, Michigan State) in one and offensive lineman Zack Martin (Notre Dame) in the other.
The draft begins Thurday, May 8, with the first round and wraps up May 10.