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Report: Lions tried to trade up for LSU WR Ja'Marr Chase at No. 4

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4/29/2021 12:40:47 PM
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Brad Holmes has made it known he is willing to trade up in the NFL draft for the right player, and according to ESPN that player might be a wide receiver, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

ESPN reported Wednesday the Lions "tried to trade up to No. 4 to get" LSU receiver Ja'Marr Chase last week, but the Atlanta Falcons' asking price was too high.

A high-ranking NFL executive told the Free Press previously that he expected the Lions to take Chase if Chase made it to No. 7, a sentiment that Chase's former high school coach, Jay Roth, also shared.

"That's just my personal opinion," Roth said. "Again personally, I think that if the (Cincinnati) Bengals don't take a lineman (at No. 5) they're taking Chase, and if they do take a lineman then he's going to fall to you guys."

Chase, who opted out of the 2020 season, is considered the top receiver in the draft and the Lions have a glaring need at the position with Tyrell Williams and Breshad Perriman, both on one-year contracts, currently penciled in as the No. 1 and 2 receivers.

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