There’s a lot of talk going on right now about the Lion’s skipping the pick that they have at number one. The beauty of this is that the Lion’s can jump back in at anytime, still get the guy they want, (Stafford?) and not have to pay him first pick money.
So let’s say they pass on the first pick, the next pick is from the St. Louis Rams, and the number three pick is the Kansas City Chiefs. Neither one of those teams are likely to take a quarterback, so then the Lions could jump back in at that point and pick up Stafford. So instead of paying him as a number one, they can pay him as a number 3. Or they can wait until the 7th pick, and still get Sanchez.
That move would be so daring, that it’s not likely to happen. What would that do to a guy like Stafford when you drop down in the draft to get him? Does he have his feelings hurt (see Jay Cutler) because he just lost out on a few million dollars, or does he realize that he just wasn’t worthy of being number one, and should be happy to get picked at number 3?
It’s probably all going to come down to what happens in the negotiations between the Lions and the guy they want. If there is an impasse, then the Lions may be forced to skip that pick anyway.