Lions Trade Back Twice, Secure 3 First-Round Picks in 2020 NFL Draft

John Maakaron

With the NFL Draft right around the corner, the Lions organization will be looking to secure as many extra picks as possible. 

According to Sports Illustrated senior writer Albert Breer, "It’s no secret that the Lions are open for business with the third pick. And they’re not alone. Early word is this year’s draft is no different than most—with more teams near the top willing to move down than up."

With Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa releasing videos that demonstrate his improved health, there could be legitimate bidding wars for his services. 

Sitting at No. 3, Detroit is truly in the driver's seat in this year's draft. 

In the first move, Detroit trades down with the Miami Dolphins for the No. 5 and No. 26 overall picks in the 2020 NFL Draft, as well as a second-round pick in 2021. 

Sitting at No. 5 overall, there is still an opportunity for the Lions to trade down yet again and with an organization that desperately needs a quarterback. 

Enter the Las Vegas Raiders. 

Las Vegas moves up to the No. 5 position, and in return, gives Detroit the No. 12 and No. 19 overall selections. 

As a result, Detroit will now select at No. 12, No. 19 and No. 26 in this latest mock draft. 

No. 12 pick - DT Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina 

Kinlaw, standing at 6-foot-5 and 315 pounds, is the definition of a supremely gifted pass rusher.

In fact, the physical specimen recorded the highest pass-rush grade among defensive tackles in each of the last two seasons, according to Pro Football Focus.

During his time at South Carolina (from 2017-19), he logged 18 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks in 37 games -- including six TFL and six sacks during his 2019 campaign.

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No. 19 pick - CB A.J. Terrell, Clemson

Terrell committed to Clemson as a five-star recruit out of Atlanta, Ga. He saw playing time as a true freshman for a 2017 Tigers team that advanced to the College Football Playoff national championship game. 

He earned first-team All-ACC honors last season. He secured two interceptions and six pass breakups as one of Clemson's best defensive players. He also was part of the Tigers' 2018 team that won the College Football Playoff national title. 

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No. 26 pick - RB D'Andre Swift, Georgia

At 5-foot-8 and 212 pounds, Swift is considered to be one of the best running backs in this year's draft class.

At Georgia, Swift rushed 440 times for 2,885 yards and 20 touchdowns in three seasons. 

Swift can step right in Detroit's offense to provide early stability and production as an efficient, every-down back with Offensive Rookie of the Year potential. 

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Comments (7)
No. 1-6

That mock is by far the best yet! If somehow Quinn can get that done with Miami & The Raiders it would be a grandslam!
Ya know as crazy as that draft would be I can see the Raiders trying to jump up first with detroit to get Simmons.


Nite fire:
Decker top 18 PFF T Rd 1;
Robinson RD2;
Glasgow #12 G RD3;
Dahl #27 G RD5.
Davis RD1 1of 7 LB to get 100 TKL, 10 TFL, 5SK, 10 QBH in Ssn in decade. j. Harrison, D. Washington, L. Timmons, L. David, K. Dansby, Demario Davis (twice), J. Davis.
Golladay RD3 #1 TD WR 2019;
Maybin RD4 Coverage Pkg LB.
Ragnow RD1 #5 PFF C;
K.J. RD2 11.5 carry/gm Tandem Rb;
Tracy Walker top 32 LB TKL rate, top 15 S Pass defended
Hand RD4 top rookie IDL pressure grade;
Crosby RD5 Swing T better grade than Wagner. (release).
Hockenson Rd1,
Tavai rd2 top 30 TKL per snap rate, top 10 LB QB have sub #32 QB rating in coverage, 35+ target rates; 250 lb box safety like J. Collins; Harris RD3;
Bryant RD4;
Oruwariye RD5 #25 CB grade level, Top 15 CB PD & INT per snap


JR7: The CBA had 4 yr max contracts for RD 2-7.
-4 yrs in you have to choose to Let the #12 PFF guard Glasgow (3rd rd 2016) walk for expected 11M per.
-Sign #27 PFF guard Dahl (5th rd 2016) to 2 yr at 1.653M per.
-Then pick a potential top 30 PFF grade Guard in first 3 rounds.

  • You let Robinson (2nd rd 2016) walk for 2yr 8.5M per
    ( he was part of 5 man IDL unit (Harrison, Robinson, Atkins, Daniels, Hand) that generated 21.5 total Pessures in 1777 snaps.
  • Then you spend 5M + 4M = 9M per for 2 yrs for 2 IDL.
    Williams: (531 snaps) 6 sk + 9 QB hits + 12 Press = 27.5 Total Press.
    Shelton: (492 snaps) 3sk, 6 QB hits, 9 Press = 18 Total Pressures.
    For 500k more than Robinson’s contract you get (45.5 - 21.5)/21.5 = 111.6% more IDL unit Total pressures from (531 + 492)/1777 = 57.6% snaps.
  • draft the top PFF graded SEC IDL Elliot (#20 pff big board) in 2nd round.

BQ is BQ ... I really don’t think that he knows how to draft ... 4yrs of let down ... first couple of yrs O-line and still need more work —- first round draft picks haven’t pan out 2nd round picks haven’t pan out either ... third and fourth ok ... Fifth and six’s seventh 0 ... maybe it’s just me ... maybe he can do something good this year ... if not bye bye


I just wish he had a better draft track record. We desperately Need this to work ... but I guess we say this every year.


Would take back all negative things said about Quinn if he pulled that off