4 NFC North draft moves that would spell disaster for Packers
1. Lions trade up for Anthony Richardson
The Lions could use their two first-round selections to build their defense. A top pass rusher and cornerback could go a long way.
However, Detroit should seriously consider drafting a quarterback. The Lions have the most talented team in the NFC North and will likely be playoff-bound in 2023. When will they next own a pick as high as No. 6 overall?
While they may finally win the NFC North title this season, they need a franchise quarterback to become serious Super Bowl contenders. Jared Goff played well last year, but he can only take the Lions so far.
A dream move for the Lions would be to trade up for Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson. A risk? Absolutely. But if it works, Detroit would be set up for years of success.
"Richardson needs polish, but his upside exceeds everyone in the draft class," wrote Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Network.
Richardson is an elite athlete with the potential to become a star in the NFL. Not only is he a talented passer, but he rushed for 654 yards and nine touchdowns in his final season at Florida.
If Bryce Young and C.J. Stroud are the top two picks in the draft, the Lions should do whatever it takes to trade from No. 6 to No. 3, even if that means giving the Arizona Cardinals the No. 18 pick plus more.
It would be a perfect landing spot for Richardson. Goff can remain the starter for a year while Richardson develops. Meanwhile, the Lions keep making smart additions to the roster through the draft and free agency before turning to Richardson in 2024.
As Packers fans, and the same goes for Bears and Vikings fans, we should desperately hope the Lions don't take a quarterback in the first round. Especially Anthony Richardson.