After Damon Harrison trade, Detroit Lions have 8 picks in 2019 NFL draft

Dave Birkett
Detroit Free Press


The Detroit Lions reportedly gave up a fifth-round pick in their big trade for Damon Harrison on Wednesday, but the team is still flush with Day 3 draft capital for 2019.

The Lions currently have eight picks in next year’s draft, including six on the draft’s third day.

According to, which keeps an up-to-the-minute draft order, the Lions would have the 18th pick in the first round if the season ended today.

Along with that pick, the Lions also have single choices in Rounds 2, 4 and 5, and two picks in both the sixth and seventh rounds.

The Lions do not have a third-round pick for next season after trading up to take Da’Shawn Hand in April’s draft. Hand has played at a high level as a rookie this season. He has 20 tackles and two sacks, and has started five of a possible six games.

It’s unclear which fifth-round pick the Lions conveyed to the New York Giants for Harrison, their own pick, which currently projects in the middle of the round, or the one they acquired from the San Francisco 49ers for Laken Tomlinson last year.

The 49ers, with a 1-6 record, are currently in line for the No. 2 overall pick.

The Lions have extra picks in the sixth and seventh rounds thanks to deals general manager Bob Quinn made in the past 14 months.

Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

He acquired a 2019 sixth-round pick from the New England Patriots for cornerback Johnson Bademosi at the roster cut deadline last September, and this spring he gained an extra seventh-round pick from the Miami Dolphins in a deal for defensive tackle Akeem Spence.

The Lions could earn one more Day 3 pick in next year’s draft when compensatory selections are handed out next spring. Those picks are awarded according to a league formula that takes into account free-agent additions and losses every season, and those players’ contributions to their new team.

New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) points at side judge Boris Cheek (41) after a personal foul was called on cornerback Janoris Jenkins (not pictured) during the second quarter against New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium.

The Lions added Devon Kennard, Sylvester Williams, Luke Willson and LeGarrette Blount in free agency, and lost D.J. Hayden, Tahir Whitehead and Haloti Ngata.

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