The Detroit Lions have a deal set with the New England Patriots to give up their 6th overall pick and their fourth round selection in exchange for the Patriots two first-round picks, a second round pick and a fourth rounder for the rights to draft safety Sean Taylor of Miami if he is available when Detroit is on the clock according to the Boston Globe.
The deal would be a blockbuster and a win-win for both sides. The Patriots would add a super talent to their secondary that has been decimated by the departure of safety Lawyer Milloy to Buffalo and the impending departure of corner Ty Law.
The Patriots, winners of the 2003 Super Bowl, are just one or two key players away from being back in the mix in 2004 and Taylor is the type of player who can step in immediately and give the team a pro-bowl caliber play.
Meanwhile for Detroit, the deal would be terrific. Detroit could quickly add depth to a team that lacks in a big way. Detroit could likely fill holes at weakside linebacker, tight end and running back if they chose to take players with the two first round selections and the additional second.
Detroit would also have ammunition to trade up or down again if they so desire.
This is the kind of windfall that Matt Millen hoped for when Detroit chose 3rd in the draft in 2000. Instead, Millen got only tepid offers and reluctantly selected quarterback Joey Harrington with the pick.
The deal would give the Lions six of the first 113 picks in the draft while the Patriots would still have a three in the first 95 selections.