NFL Draft Results: Arizona Cardinals Turned Down Trade Offer from Detroit Lions
Lions Wanted Patrick Peterson
With the NFL Draft over, details of deals that never happened are starting to come out. One deal that did not go through involved the Detroit Lions.
The Lions, who drafted Nick Fairley at the 13th spot, needed a cornerback. Fairley potentially gives the Lions one of the best defensive lines in the league, but the urge to trade up to get Patrick Peterson is understandable.
According to a person familiar with the talks, the Lions offered the Arizona Cardinals first-, second- and fourth-round choices for the Cardinals' pick, No. 5 overall.
The Cardinals declined the offer and selected Peterson, whom some analysts rated as the draft's top prospect regardless of position.
The Lions have been having some good drafts since the organization tossed Matt Millen, and expect to see the Lions contend in 2011. Even if Fairley is a bust, the Lions have a lot around him, and Ndamukong Suh is the unquestioned leader of that defense at this point.
A healthy Matthew Stafford coupled with Calvin Johnson and Titus Young mean the passing game should be good, and now the Lions also have Mikel Leshoure to go along with Jahvid Best.
The future looks bright for the Lions, although this deal which never happened now will be brought up for the next year or two, even longer if the Lions do not show improvement.
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