Second-year general manager Brad Holmes and second-year head coach Dan Campbell have made what looks like good, positive trending decisions so far since taking the reins of the Detroit Lions, and now, the 2022 NFL Draft is a chance for them to build off that success.
The rumor mill on what the Lions might do or should do are all over the place, from Liberty quarterback Malik Willis to Florida State defensive end Jermaine Johnson. The hometown crowd likely wants to see University of Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson, if he’s available, but there’s another crowd looking for the Lions to move the pick.
Should the Detroit Lions trade the no.2 pick in the NFL Draft?
Trading the second-overall pick could make a lot of sense for the Lions; it would allow them to acquire something extra. The Lions, if they do decide to trade the second-overall pick, should be looking to a trade partner that has a top ten pick.
The goal of trading the second-overall selection would be still to get a high-level player, an elite player, that can come into this team and contribute positively right away. But it would also give the Motor City another pick in the draft, or a player, depending on how desperate a team is to move up.
At the conclusion of the 2021-22 college football season, it seemed as if everyone thought Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson and Oregon defensive end Kavan Thibodeaux were going to be the top two picks in the 2022 draft.
But now, with other players coming into the mix, does the value of the second-overall pick still weigh the same?
Even if the Lions wanted to trade the second-overall pick, it doesn’t mean teams will come calling for it. But teams might because the Lions could go in any direction with the selection.
Brad Holmes and Dan Campbell simply need to figure out if they need to select the player they want second-overall or if they can trade back and still get that player.
The first round of the 2022 NFL Draft is on April 28th.