NFL Draft insider Tony Pauline reports there’s “still a good chance” the Lions trade into the Raiders’ spot at No. 3, and the Cardinals have “evidently entered the mix” as both clubs pursue Oklahoma LT Lane Johnson.” via TFY Draft insider
The Arizona Cardinals are in the mix as well. They have a need at Offensive line and Lane Johnson is high on the board.
Pauline confirms Johnson is “the player everyone wants at that pick,” and Detroit and Arizona are some of the NFL’s most left tackle-needy teams. The price to leap from No. 5 to 3 would obviously be less than going from No. 7 to 3, making the Lions the favorites if this is something GM Martin Mayhew has serious designs on doing. It’s no secret the Cardinals covet Johnson, but they’re not one player away from NFC West contention and need to keep their seven picks.
If the Lions lose out on Johnson who will they draft. Dee Milliner and Dion Jordan are reportedly going to miss off-season OTA’s and could start on the PUP list.
The Detroit Lions could trade down and still get DJ Fluker to bolster the O-line. If the Detroit Lions are unable to pull a deal they may be forced to trade out of the Top Five.