Lions Looking To Trade Up in Draft

Owen WilsonContributor IApril 20, 2009

NEW YORK CITY - APRIL 26:  Charles Rogers from Michigan State was selected second overall by the Detroit Lions with NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue at the 2003 NFL Draft on April 26, 2003 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The latest news out of Detroit has the Lions looking to trade up in the last week before the draft so they can get Michael Crabtree, who is apparently at the top of their board.

From what I've been hearing, the Lions are currently in the process of working out a trade to move up to the top of the draft. The latest rumors have them offering a package including their two first round picks as well as last year's team MVP, little Stevie Bartfield, ball boy. It seems as though the deal has been agreed to in principle and should be completed within the next few days. 

As the draft has drawn closer, the Lions have slowly come to the conclusion that Crabtree is the best player in the 2009 Draft, a true game-changing, and they hope franchise-changing, receiver. Due to Crabtree's "special" skills, Lions' GM Martin Mayhew stated that this draft would be a failure if they are unable to add a game-changing receiver, and most analysts agree that Crabtree is the only one in this draft class that fits the bill.

When asked why he wanted to move up and when exactly he was hoping to be picking come Saturday, he responded simply, "As high as we can get, you can never be too high." Indeed, insightful words from one of the top young GM's in the game.

Most scouts agree that Crabtree is a top five talent and will be able to have a huge impact on his future team, from game one. His prodigious skills have led some to mention him in the same breath as other such luminaries as Calvin Johnson, Roy Williams, Mike Williams, and Charles Rodgers. Only time will tell, but Crabtree has a real chance to be something special, and according to Mel Kiper Jr., he could not hope for a better situation than to be drafted by the Lions. "It would be an absolutely perfect fit, a match made in heaven."

Many have been expecting a move like this for some time now, as Detroit, coming off of a perfect 2008, is set at nearly every position. In fact, many experts believe that a quality number one wideout is all that has stood between the Lions and a Super Bowl the last few years. With both lines in tact, a solid secondary, and a 1000 yard rusher in second year running back Kevin Smith, all that QB Dante Culpepper lacked was a dominant receiver. Sure Calvin Johnson is solid, but the Lions have been without a great deep threat since the prolific passing offenses of the Charlie Batch era.

The deal, although not official yet, is all but done, and when it goes through, the other 31 teams will cower in terror. Although many critics were speculating the Lions' demise after the departure of longtime GM Matt Millen, I think it is safe to say that these fears were unfounded, as Mayhew seems to have already mastered his mentor's knack for talent evaluation.