Detroit Lions should pounce on Falcons who are shopping No.4 pick

The Detroit Lions may be quiet on the trade market while the league is flip-flopping picks and players left and right, but this may not be for long. A recent blockbuster deal leaves room for the “trading up” or “trading down” rumors to start amounting.

On Monday afternoon, the Carolina Panthers dropped a bombshell trade on the NFL, announcing they acquired Sam Darnold. The Panthers sent the New York Jets a 2021 sixth-round pick, a 2022 second-round pick, and a 2022 fourth-round pick.

The Jets ultimately made a good trade here, and now the Panthers have a new franchise quarterback. What does this mean for the rest of the National Football League? Put simply; More opportunities.

With the Panthers’ trade, is there a chance that the Detroit Lions move up in the draft?

The Atlanta Falcons announced Tuesday morning that they would be interested in trading the fourth pick to move back in the draft.

With the Panthers out of the race for a rookie QB, the Falcons do not have to stress about drafting the best player to be the franchise’s future leader; they have many opportunities to capitalize on.

The Lions have an opportunity to move up a few spots to draft their next star. Maybe even drafting the next Megatron.

I wrote about the similarities between Kyle Pitts and Calvin Johnson last week as draft coverage starts to heat up even more with Pitts going through a pro-day.

Their differences are in their body measurements, only by a few inches. Pitts runs routes just as crisp as Johnson, along with Johnson’s ability to transform into a ball magnet.

The trade is not a hard one to make. The hardest part of completing the trade is out of the control of Detroit’s front office. However, they need to make an effort to try and nab the fourth overall pick from the Falcons.

Here is a fair trade offer for both sides:

Lions Get
2021 4th overall pick
2022 5th round pick
Falcons Get
2021 7th overall pick
2022 4th round pick

Don’t like that trade? I have a new proposal as well for the Lions to keep in mind.

Lions Get
2021 4th overall pick
Falcons Get
2021 7th overall pick
2021 6th round pick
RB Kerryon Johnson

Giving up Kerryon Johnson to potentially draft a player who single-handedly can turn a team around into a contender. Also, a sixth-round pick is not a pick to freak out over. The Falcons need the pick more than the Lions do.

Are these the best offers? No, but this is how the front office should consider this rebuild process.  The coaching staff believes that Goff can bring them to that next level. Also, Goff turns 27 this season. The Lions may not need to dive into the draft pool for a QB1.

The price for the pick is high but worth every penny. The Lions need to turn heads at the draft. They did not hire Dan Campbell to keep the streak of drafting inside the top ten alive.

Bite the bullet. Complete the trade. Draft Kyle Pitts. Bite kneecaps.

That’s a simple formula to the 2021 Detroit Lions success.