Lions weigh trading up for draft Day 3
Allen Park — Bob Quinn made his first draft trade as the Detroit Lions general manager late Friday night and he plans on taking a long look at the possibility of swinging more deals early Saturday morning when the third and final day of the draft get underway at noon.
At the conclusion of the third round, Quinn said he and his staff will spend approximately an hour identifying their top targets on Saturday and evaluate the cost of moving up to secure those prospects.
“We’ll go back up and probably spend 45 minutes or an hour kind of looking at the board and targeting some guys that we’re going to be interested in taking,” Quinn said. “Then we’ll kind of sleep on it for a few hours, come back in the morning and kind of reassess, ‘OK, where are our picks?’
“We’ve got two in the fourth, one in the fifth, two in the sixth, one in the seventh. What player do we really covet? Are there a number of players that we really covet early tomorrow in the fourth round? And then start making some calls around, see if teams are willing to move.”
The Lions acquired an extra fourth-round choice Friday when they traded their No. 85 pick to New England for the 96th and 124th picks. With the No. 96 selection toward the end of the third round the team grabbed Northern Illinois wide receiver Kenny Golladay.
Detroit holds picks 124, 127, 165, 205, 215 and 250 on Saturday. Three of those came from the Patriots. In addition to the fourth-rounder acquired on Friday, the Lions got a sixth-rounder for linebacker Kyle Van Noy last season and a seventh in exchange for tight end Michael Williams in 2015.