The Detroit Lions have in trading quarterback Matthew Stafford this offseason, but that doesn't mean that they aren't interested in acquiring his successor. On Monday, a report surfaced from Mike Garafolo saying that the Lions have recently had multiple teleconferences with quarterbacks, including former Alabama signal-caller Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert out of Oregon.
The Lions would likely have to keep their No. 3 overall pick to take Tagovailoa, but could trade down a couple of spots if they were genuinely interested in taking Herbert. Earlier this month, Ian Rapoport reported that the Lions were.
Teams usually in the top three will do their due diligence on all of the top prospects, but that doesn't necessarily mean they are set on taking one. As Garafolo mentions, this report could be a smoke screen that would encourage other quarterback-needy teams to make more of an effort to trade up if they were interested in someone like Tagovailoa or Herbert.
Stafford, who turned 32 this offseason, played in eight games last season and threw for 2,499 yards, 19 touchdowns and five interceptions. Sunday morning before the Lions' Week 10 matchup against the Chicago Bears, it was revealed that Stafford had a back injury and would be inactive, which ended his consecutive starts streak at 136 games. He ended up being shut down for the rest of the season.
The 3-12-1 Lions had their worst season in a decade, and with it came the right to pick third in the draft. With several talented quarterbacks in this class, it's possible that Detroit takes a flier on a signal-caller somewhere in the draft. Tagovailoa and Herbert considered locks to be drafted in the top 10, however, so the Lions could receive quite a haul in exchange for moving down -- and they clearly have already made their No. 3 overall pick available.