Draft talk: Lions, Bucs, Pats in 3-way deal

LionsFans.com has learned that the Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New England Patriots are in conversations on a proposed three way trade on draft day contingent on several players being available when the various parties are "on the clock." Details inside.

(ALLEN PARK) - Lionsfans.com has learned that the Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New England Patriots are in conversations on a proposed three way trade on draft day contingent on several players being available when the various parties are "on the clock."

The deal would send Detroit's 6th overall pick and safety Brian Walker to the New England Patriots. In exchange the Patriots would give Detroit their 21st and 32nd picks in the first round, their second round pick and their fourth round pick.

Then Detroit would send New England's first round pick (21st overall) and the second round pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for the Bucs first round pick (15th overall).

Thus, Detroit would end up with the 15th and the 32nd picks in the first round, allowing them to grab from a group of players at need positions.

Detroit needs an outside linebacker to man the position vacated by Barrett Green, who departed in free agency to the New York Giants. Detroit would likely be selecting from a group of available players such as Jonathan Vilma of Miami, Karlos Dansby of Auburn, D.J. Williams of Miami or Michael Boulware of Florida State.

Detroit could also elect to address their running back needs with the 32nd pick in the opening round. They could find Oregon State's Stephen Jackson still available there, or Virginia Tech's Kevin Jones and Michigan's Chris Perry.

The trade is more attractive to Detroit because they would prefer to move down into the 12-15 range rather than down to 21st. For Tampa Bay, they pick up a second round pick just for moving down six slots. For New England, they grab a potential pro-bowl type player in Sean Taylor, the safety from Miami that will give them the type of intimidating force they lost when safety Lawyer Milloy was released for salary cap considerations.

New England can afford to throw in a second rounder because they have two in this year's draft. Getting Walker would allow the Pats to keep Eugene Wilson at corner in the event they decide to deal disgruntled veteran Pro Bowl corner Ty Law.

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