Detroit Lions: Trading Back in Round Two of The 2010 NFL Draft
Since it is pretty much a lock that the Detroit Lions will take either Ndamukong Suh or Gerald McCoy with the number two overall pick a lot of discussion has been transferred to what the Lions should do in round two.
Popular choices include Brandon Grahm the defensive end from Michigan, Mike Iupati the guard from Idaho, and corner Kyle Wilson from Boise State. As a side note I'd like to throw in another name: Sean Witherspoon the outside linebacker from Missouri. He is certainly a possibility to drop because of the depth in other areas, and is definitely a possibility at the beginning of round two.
But all of these players, including Witherspoon, may very well go at the end of round one and the Lions should not be trading up to get them.
Instead, I think they should look to trade back for a couple of reasons:
1) The format of the draft- This years draft takes place over three days. The first round will be held on Thursday night and the second and third the following day on Friday. Usually, the first three rounds are all on one day. This extra over night time gives GM's time to wheel and deal, and you better believe some team is going to contact the Rams and Lions to trade up and grab a player with round one talent that fell. For instance, perhaps a team trading up to get a borderline 1st round QB in Colt McCoy?
2) The depth of the draft- Charlie Casserly, a former GM and now analyst for the NFL Network, said the other day that this is the deepest draft since 1983. Last year college coaches were trying to get kids to stay in school, but this year, because of the CBA expiring, scores of juniors decided to come out. It is a perfect storm that forms a lot of depth and increases the value of picks in later rounds.
3) The Lions have a lot of holes- More picks equals more players, and more players might equal more starters. Trading back in the 2nd could either get the Lions a 4th or late 3rd this year or perhaps a 3rd next year. Think of it like this: Would you rather have Kyle Wilson or Devin McCourty who is a comparable corner and another player like say Brandon Carter (who every Lions fan seems to love...). Also, don't discount the idea of the Lions trading this pick for a proven starter and some form of day three (rounds 4-7) compensation.
We've seen what Mayhew and Schwartz can do with later round picks (Levy, Hill, Follett) and I can't see any reason not to jump back unless there is a player there with so much value that the Lions feel they must have that player.
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