Analyze the consequences of the Lions-Vikings draft trade

After the Detroit Lions selected homegrown Aidan Hutchinson, the 2nd overall pick, most thought they could relax and enjoy the rest of the draft until the Lions made their selection with the final first-round pick.

General Manager Brad Holmes had other ideas in mind.

In a stunning move, Holmes orchestrated a trade with division rival Minnesota Vikings that some might call a highway robbery. To move up 20 spots, the Lions gave up picks 32, 34 and 66 while receiving pick 46 in return. But, for all intents and purposes, the Lions came away with the best ending of the deal.

Now, choice trading is only the first part of the equation. It’s what the teams do with those picks that determines whether that trade is a winner or a failure.

Below are the consequences of the Lions-Vikings trade on draft day and subsequent trades made with the selections.

  • The Vikings traded 34 to the Green Bay Packers for Picks 53 and 59
  • The Vikings traded pick 53 to the Indianapolis Colts for pick 42, selected Andrew Booth Jr.

The Lions:

Pick 12 – Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama

Pick 46 – Josh Paschal, EDGE, Kentucky


Pick 32 – Lewis Cine, S, Georgia

Pick 34 – Traded to Green Bay Packers

Pick 42 – Andrew Booth Jr, CB, Clemson

Pick 66 – Brian Asamoah, LB, Oklahoma


Pick 34 – Christian Watson, WR, NDSU


Pick 53 – Alec Pierce, WR, Cincinnati

At the end of the day, it will be premature to determine a trade winner. However, given what the Lions were able to secure and the terms of the trade, it’s not hard not to admire the chess game Brad Holmes does to get the players he wants.

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