Bob Quinn’s Picks
In his second draft since coming to the Detroit Lions, General Manager Bob Quinn didn’t make any headlines, but wasn’t really trying too. The players they acquired were good, solid players, but lacked big-name appeal.
Granted, they made the playoffs last year and were drafting in the 21st position in Round One, but in some cases passed up bigger names and higher ranked prospects. But Quinn did the same last year when he started off with offensive tackle Taylor Decker from Ohio State in the first round. Decker went on to start as left tackle from Day One and looks like he has All-Pro potential. In fact, almost every player from the 2016 draft class contributed in one way or another to the Lions playoff season.
So Thursday night, Quinn nabbed Florida linebacker Jarrad Davis with the team’s No. 1 selection. Davis is a high character, highly productive player who should step in and start from Day One. In doing so, they passed on Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster. Foster was ranked considerably higher than Davis but had injury and off-the-field concerns.
Quinn went back to the Seminoles in Round Two taking Cornerback Teez Tabor, a teammate of Davis. Tabor’s game film is extraordinary even though his 40 yard dash time was not. However, he shows the ability to make plays which is something this Lion team has lacked in recent years.
Round Three brought a Wide Receiver from Northern Illinois, Kenny Golladay. At 6’4”, Golladay is a good Red Zone target and provides a replacement for Anquan Boldin should he not return. He also provides 4.5 speed and caught 87 passes and 8 touchdowns last year while making the All-MAC team.
The Lions ended up with two fourth round choices after dropping down a few spots in the third. Their choices were Jalen Reeves-Maybin, a Linebacker from Tennessee and Michael Roberts, a Tight End from Toledo.
Reeves-Maybin was injured after Game Four last year and didn’t play again. However, he expects to be a solid special team’s contributor and another cover linebacker to pair with Davis.
Roberts, a 270 pounder, caught a total of 16 touchdown passes last year and will be another Red Zone target for Matthew Stafford. He’ll also be a help in the blocking game and provides insurance should Eric Ebron not stay with Detroit long-term.
Other picks included Jamal Agnew, a speedy cornerback from San Diego, Jeremiah Ledbetter, a Defensive Lineman from Arkansas, Quarterback Brad Kaaya from Miami and Defensive End Pat O’Connor from nearby Eastern Michigan.
Quinn is sticking to a plan with the Lions. He’s looking to add starters at key positions as well as build depth throughout the roster. Although most players he drafted are not familiar names, they’ll all fill roles with the team that according to Quinn will make the team better.
After the performance of last year’s picks, it’s a good bet not to judge this class too quickly. Expect to see several of these players in starting roles and others providing key contributions during
the Lions 2017 season.