Detroit Lions: 3 trade-up targets in the 2020 NFL Draft

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The Detroit Lions are not likely to trade up from three overall in the 2020 NFL Draft, but they may very well trade up later in the draft.

The 2020 NFL Draft is less than a week away and draft rumors are flying wild all over the place. There is plenty of speculation about who might trade up and for who they would be trading up for in the draft. There are not really any rumors about the Lions trading up in the first round, quite the opposite actually, but Detroit could be a trade-up candidate in on day two and/or early day three.

If the Detroit Lions trade up, it will likely be for one of the last remaining guys from the top tier or two of players at a position of need, such as offensive guard, edge rusher, or an interior defensive lineman. While it’s unlikely considering the depth of the class, the Lions might also choose to trade up for a certain wide receiver if they fall hard for one and feel he won’t make it to their next pick.

Unless one of the big five running backs (D’Andre Swift, JK Dobbins, Jonathan Taylor, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, and Cam Akers) happen to fall very close to their fourth-round pick, it’s unlikely that the Lions choose to move up for a running back. It would also be surprising to see them jump a bunch of teams for a cornerback, considering it’s highly likely they take one in either the top ten or early in round two.

Taking this into account, let’s explore an edge rusher that would require a jump into round one, an interior offensive lineman that would need to be acquired in the late second round, and a round-four interior defensive lineman.