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The latest one-round mock draft projection from our friends at Draft Wire offers up an interesting scenario. In this projection, Draft Wire editor Luke Easterling suggests what could happen with the Lions trading back from the No. 7 overall pick.

With the Lions on the clock and several premium talents (Penei Sewell, Trey Lance, Patrick Surtain, Jaylen Waddle, DeVonta Smith) still on the board, Detroit accepts the hypothetical trade offer from the Los Angeles Chargers and moves back to No. 13 overall. The OL-needy Chargers snag Sewell.

Down at 13, the Lions still land Waddle, the speedy playmaking wideout from Alabama. As Easterling notes,

This is a huge win for the Lions, who drop back six spots and still end up with a player they could have easily selected at their original slot. Yes, they’ve added some new faces to help replenish the receivers they lost in free agency, but none of them have the kind of explosiveness and big-play ability Waddle brings to the table. He’s a huge bargain here.

The exact details of what else the Lions acquired in the hypothetical trade back are not laid out, but from that range it would expect to be at least a 2022 first-round pick.

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Lions 2021 7-round mock draft v3.0: The trade back scenario

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