Lions shopping 3rd pick

By | February 23, 2020

Lions confirm shopping 3rd pick … Detroit G.M. Bob Quinn was quoted in a video interview released by the organization over the weekend that the Lions are “open to any trades” regarding the 3rd overall pick at this year’s draft. Quinn indicated that he hasn’t had any talks to date re the pick, but expects to have at least some preliminary discussions at this week’s scouting combine in Indianapolis. Quinn also reiterated that veteran QB Matt Stafford isn’t going anywhere. There has been some speculation that the Lions could use the 3rd pick to select Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa to replace the 32-year-old Stafford who is coming off a second straight injury shortened season, but that doesn’t appear to be part of the team’s current master plan. That would make Tagovailoa potentially available to any QB needy team willing to pay the price to move up, although it is also assumed that the Lions likely won’t want to drop down more than 3-4 spots in the selection order in fear of missing out on one of this year’s top defensive prospects such as Ohio State CB Jeff Okudah, Auburn DT Derrick Brown and Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons. Of course, all that assumes that Tagovailoa, who underwent season-ending hip surgery in October, passes his physicals at the combine this week. Stay tuned!