3 Detroit Lions most likely to be traded

As the lull of the Detroit Lions off-season drags on, let’s discuss a few trade scenarios that GM Bob Quinn could consider. The Lions are not loaded at any position but they do have a couple areas of depth. Perhaps quantity over quality more than anything. Never the less, if you are going to have to cut an NFL roster-worthy type of player, you should at least try to get something for them.

Here are three Lions veterans that could/should be on the trading block:

OT Cornelius Lucas

The Lions thought they struck gold picking up Lucas as an undrafted free agent in 2014. Briefly catapulted into the starting lineup as a rookie, he performed quite well given the circumstances. Those days are over. Expected to only get better with age, you could argue that Lucas has regressed every year since.

The lack of confidence that Quinn has in the 6-foot-9 behemoth is obvious. When left tackle Taylor Decker went down with injury, he opted to give OG Joe Dahl the first crack and then went on to acquire three other offensive linemen.

Most teams would probably not even give a seventh round pick for Lucas now. His value is minimal. That’s not to say that there aren’t a few teams that wouldn’t mind a young reserve tackle. If you look at the newly signed contract of former-Lion Riley Reiff, you realize the NFL may be hurting a bit at the position. There could also be another team that has a player in a similar situation to Lucas but at a different position, like safety for example. It would make sense for the Lions to swap players at that point.

The writing is on the wall in Detroit for Lucas.

PROJECTED COMPENSATION: 7th round pick OR a future numbers-game casualty

OG Laken Tomlinson

Chalk this up to a Martin Mayhew bust. It’s not always fair to label a player this early in a career, but when a guy can’t even crack the starting lineup, that’s the definition of a first-round bust. It may be a hot take as of now, but I’m not even convinced that Tomlinson’s roster spot is secure.

If you believe that Tomlinson still has potential in this ill fitted scheme, that’s your prerogative, but I just don’t see him ever turning it around in Detroit. Much like the Los Angeles Rams just did with OT Greg Robinson, it’s time to cut your losses. If the Duke product has one more year of struggles, he will have no value what-so-ever.

The Lions have plenty of more athletic lineman that can provide better versatility and schematic fit, while Tomlinson can only play guard–at a sub-par level.

PROJECTED COMPENSATION: 6th round pick OR a commensurate floundering youngster

CB Quandre Diggs

After recently predicting my 2017 53-man Lions roster, I had them keeping a total of seven corners. Holding on to that many is rather unorthodox. The Lions brought in two other slot corners to compete with Diggs this offseason. Quinn drafted Jamal Agnew in the fifth round and paid a pretty penny to reel in the former 12th overall pick, CB D.J. Hayden. Not only do these aforementioned additions put Diggs behind the eight ball, but CB Nevin Lawson also has the ability to play inside.

According to Pro Football Focus, Diggs ranked 98th among 110 eligible CBs in coverage last season. He also gave up a catch rate of 91.3-percent with a passer rating of 124.4 against him. Not the best numbers for a once promising sixth-round draft pick.

In all likely hood, Diggs is the odd man out at the nickel corner spot. Fortunately for Diggs, in this pass-heavy league that is the NFL, there is always someone looking for coverage help.

PROJECTED COMPENSATION: 6th round pick OR TJ Yeldon

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