The current indications are that the Detroit Lions are confident in continuing with 2016 first overall pick Jared Goff as their quarterback.
Back in December, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Lions don’t view Goff as a bridge quarterback. Rather, Rapoport explained that “the plan is for Goff to be in Detroit for the future.”
But the Lions hold the No. 6 and No. 18 selections in this year’s draft, with the former coming from the Los Angeles Rams as part of the 2021 Matthew Stafford blockbuster trade. If one or more top quarterback prospects remain available at No. 6, could Detroit GM Brad Holmes consider making a change at the game’s most important position?
Bleacher Report’s Brad Gagnon proposed several intriguing NFL Draft move ideas, including one scenario in which the Lions draft a QB with the No. 6 selection.
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Gagnon pondered what would happen if the Arizona Cardinals hold the No. 3 selection and take a non-QB player (highly likely with Kyler Murray already on the roster), and if the Seattle Seahawks also take a non-QB at No. 5.
“In other words, what if quarterback-needy trade-up candidates decide the price is too steep to move up for whichever signal-caller doesn’t land with the Panthers, Texans and Colts in the top four? It’s possible the Raiders, Falcons, Titans, Jets, New England Patriots (No. 14), Packers (No. 15) and Washington Commanders (No. 16) can’t or won’t move up, and nobody else likely has the capital.
If that happens, the Lions at No. 6 would have to strongly consider that Stroud, Young, Richardson or Levis have more upside…
If a quarterback were to fall into Detroit’s lap, it wouldn’t even have to move on from Goff immediately. But the moment the Lions drafted one of the class’ top signal-callers, the quarterback market would change enormously—potentially even impacting the Packers, Ravens, Jets and any other teams involved with Rodgers and Jackson.”
The Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans hold the first and second overall picks, respectively. Alabama’s Bryce Young and Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud are widely expected to be the top two selections, for starters.
Florida’s Anthony Richardson and Kentucky’s Will Levis are regarded as the next best QB prospects in this class. If Detroit’s front office and coaches are keen on Richardson and/or Levis, and if either are available when the Lions pick at No. 6? Then perhaps Detroit will plan a future without Goff after all.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.