During Jared Goff's five-year stint with the Rams, the club spent one top-50 draft pick on an offensive player: TE Gerald Everett 44th overall in 2017.
Which happened to be the club's only top-50 pick after taking Goff first overall in 2016.
The Lions have two top-50 picks in Goff's first year in Detroit, including No. 7 overall. And with a trio of receivers at the top of the board, there's a good chance they'll spend their first-rounder on a weapon for their new quarterback. Or they could try to bolster an already strong offensive line.
"Anyone on offense would be a win for the quarterback, so I'm good with either," Goff said Monday on the Karsch & Anderson Show when asked whether he'd prefer the Lions drafting a wide receiver or an offensive lineman in the first round. "Obviously a fun toy on the outside may be fun, but I’m good with either. Both guys would ultimately be helping us win."
A fun toy on the outside is coming Goff's way in Mel Kiper's third mock draft of the year.
The first six players off the board: QB Trevor Lawrence, QB Zach Wilson, QB Justin Fields, QB Trey Lance, TE Kyle Pitts, WR Ja'Marr Chase.
With the seventh overall pick, the Lions select: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama. The Heisman winner teams up with free agent acquisitions Tyrell Williams and Breshad Perriman to help Detroit replace Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones.
"I would say this pick is likely going to the best wideout on the board, and Smith would be a tremendous choice," Kiper writes. "The Heisman Trophy winner doesn't have the biggest frame (6-foot-1, 175 pounds), but you shouldn't underestimate him. He is one of the best route runners I've scouted, and he beats any corner put in front of him."
One pick later, the Dolphins, via a trade with the Texans, take fellow Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle -- another receiver who could be in play for the Lions.
"Detroit is clearly rebuilding," Kiper adds, "so I also wouldn't be surprised if it trades down to pick up more draft capital."
In his final season at Alabama, Smith caught 117 passes for 1,856 yards and 23 touchdowns. A fun toy, indeed.