Although the transaction won’t be made official until the new league year, the Lions have addressed the quarterback position by trading Jared Goff.
But that doesn’t mean the Lions won’t select another quarterback at No. 7 overall in April.
“I like the crop of quarterbacks that are appearing in this year’s draft,” general manager Brad Holmes said in his press conference Tuesday. “When selecting in the top 10, you better know each position, regardless of what your circumstances are currently on your list.”
Holmes did not use names, but described the main passersby as people of various abilities.
“I think the quarterback position in general, the good thing about this year is that they are of different flavors,” Holmes said. “You have a guy who can really do it all, who can do it from his pocket, do it with his legs. You have another guy who probably does it a little more with his legs, a little more creative. There is another type that probably makes it more out of pocket. So all the different flavors make it very, very intriguing in terms of when you look across the entire scope of the class of these quarterbacks. “
As the Rams’ former director of college scouting, Holmes knows Goff well. But he reiterated that with a top-10 pick, Detroit has to get to know the best quarterbacks in depth and assess whether they are a good fit for the organization.
If the Lions choose to draft a quarterback, Goff could enter the season as a starter and allow the rookie to grow and develop.