Lions Could Target One of the Top UDFA Quarterbacks: Analyst

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Getty AtoZ Sports' Mike Payton argued that Dan Campbell and the Detroit Lions should consider taking a bit swing at acquiring All-Pro cornerback Patrick Surtain II.

The Detroit Lions have the top of their quarterback depth chart set in stone, with Jared Goff as starter and second-year signal-caller Hendon Hooker anchored as the No. 2.

But the Lions could inject some competition into the race for No. 3 this summer by adding South Alabama quarterback Carter Bradley, predicted analyst Mike Payton of AtoZ Sports. Payton named Carter as one of the 10 undrafted free agents to watch in Detroit this summer, noting that he had a strong performance at the Senior Bowl but may not be enough to get drafted.

Bradley could be a good addition for the Lions if he doesn’t hear his name called in the draft, Payton wrote.

“Bradley’s lack of creation ability may max out his ceiling as a quality backup or spot starter,” Cummings added. “But in that role, he has the arm, poise, mechanical savvy, overarching accuracy, baseline processing, and discretion to be a stable presence as a safety blanket.”

Bradley would have some competition for the No. 3 spot. The Lions announced on March 27 that they re-signed veteran quarterback Nate Sudfeld for his third season. Sudfeld had originally signed with the Lions prior to the start of the 2022 season and appeared in two games that year. He suffered a torn ACL during training camp last season and missed the entire 2023 season.

Lions Nearing Major Commitment to Jared Goff

The Lions appear to be paying close attention to the top of their depth chart, working with Goff’s representatives on a long-term extension. Appearing on SportsCenter on April 15, insider Jeremy Fowler said there was mutual interest in a long-term deal and a major financial commitment.

“He wants to be there,” Fowler said, via Bleacher Report. “Only 29 years old, due to make about $28 million this year, so he’s going to have to be in that threshold of $45- maybe even $50 million a year based on the way he’s played. So, it’s going to take some time to get that done.”

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