The Lions could fall back in the first round instead of moving up. That would allow the team to pick up extra picks.
It also provides more flexibility to move once again, as the Cleveland Browns proved a few years back. In 2009, Cleveland held the fifth overall pick.
As broken down by ESPN.com, the BRowns made a series of moves before actually using a pick:
- Traded No. 5 to the New York Jets for No. 17, No. 52, veteran defensive end Kenyon Coleman, young starting safety Abram Elam and third-string quarterback Brett Ratliff.
- Traded No. 17 to Tampa Bay for No. 19 and a sixth-rounder.
- Traded No. 19 to Philadelphia for No. 21 and another sixth-rounder.
After that dizzying array of moves, the Browns selected center Alex Mack at No. 21. He's proven to be worth the histrionics.
As Pro Football Focus notes, "Since Mack entered the league in 2009 he has graded out as one of the Top 10 centers every season, and once in that time he finished inside the Top 5."
Of course, the rest of the acquired picks have largely fallen flat for the Browns. In fact, not one other player involved in that trade is still in Cleveland. But that's beside the point for any series of moves Detroit could make.
Let's say the Dallas Cowboys are hellbent on picking Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald. They trade the 16th and 47th picks in 2014, as well as a fifth-round pick in 2015 to move up to No. 10.
However, the Lions get another offer they can't refuse at 16, as the Browns come calling to catch the falling Johnny Manziel. Cleveland gives up No. 26 overall, along with its second-round pick at No. 35 and both its third-rounders (Nos. 71 and 83).
This would give Detroit ample ammunition to trade right back up to take a player like Anthony Barr in the late teens. It could also net the following, purely hypothetical return along with its own picks:
|| Jimmie Ward
|| Safety, Northern Illinois
|| Davante Adams
|| Wide Receiver, Fresno State
|| Kyle Van Noy
|| Linebacker, BYU
|| Scott Crichton
|| Defensive End, Oregon State
|| Marcus Martin
|| Center, USC
|| Ego Ferguson
|| Defensive Tackle, LSU
|| Robert Herron
|| Wide Receiver, Wyoming
How's that for a two-day draft haul?