When is the last time a trade up paid off for the Lions? I can only think of several that have been complete garbage.
Unless there is a Patrick Mahomes sitting there, would you even consider it?
I’ve been thinking about this because of the war room videos from last year … where Brad admitted that Dorsey talked him out of trading up multiple times, and they ended up getting the guy they wanted by letting the draft come to them.
see what happens is jacksonville gets their Olineman, so the lions give away our 2 ram 1st round picks and move up to 3 and get both hutchinson and then get thibs 3rd. there. now we have all the rushing the passer we need for the next decade.
I prefer not to trade up myself, but whether or not it’s worked for us, it’s easy to see plenty of times overall when it’s worked out. Mahomes, Julio, Josh Allen, Watson, Jaire Alexander, Wirfs, Waddle, Lamar Jackson, etc… and that’s just off the top of my head.
Wow. I am utterly shocked that this board is negative on trade ups.
It all depends on value and confidence in assessing prospects. If Brad and his team are convinced that Drake London is the next great WR1, then trade up and get him if the price makes sense. There’s certainly no doubt that this team needs playmakers.
I know many here will suffer from brain kersplosion with any trade that results in fewer draft picks. I’m not one of them.
Talent is certainly debatable. Watson did some heavy lifting against two of the top 3 teams in college football, which resulted in a national championship. He was the best player on the field … it didn’t require any imagination to see it. Willis has nothing like that to use as a baseline to predict success in the pros.
Mahomes had arm talent that was legendary to those that actually went and saw him in person, could also run, and nothing a defense could do would rattle him, ever.
Willis is talented, just doesn’t jump off the page with historically great stuff like those other two.
I do think Willis warrants comparisons to Trey Lance though. I think San Fran was nuts to do what they did, but who knows, maybe Lance will develop into something. He was pretty rough last year, and that’s being kind.