There has been a lot made about the Detroit Lions possibly trading up in the draft this May to select Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins, but moving up is far from a certainty when it comes to what the Lions play on doing. While they may very well move up to take Watkins, it night be a better option to move back in the draft and still get an impact player.
According to ESPN’s Mike Roethstein, the Lions may be well served to trade the No. 10 pick, move back a few slots and select someone like Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
Stockpiling two or three more picks would not hurt there. Plus, if Detroit traded down a few slots — not a lot, but a few — one of the cornerbacks along with potentially safeties Ha Ha Clinton-Dix from Alabama and Calvin Pryor from Louisville could be there. So could defensive tackle Aaron Donald from Pitt and maybe even a linebacker or two. There are options.
Clinton-Dix has been a named kicked around when it comes to the Lions and he’s a name that makes sense. Detroit needs help at various positions and safety is one of them. Trading up is no certainty, even if it’s not out of the question, but trading down needs to be considered just as seriously.