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Author: Jon Kuzma
The Detroit Lions are known for being a historically bad football team but Bob Quinn took Detroit to the playoffs in his first season at the helm. He did that by drafting Taylor Decker in the 1st round and A’Shawn Robinson in the 2nd round of the 2016 Draft. Those players both panned out and it’s rare that rookies can contribute the way those 2 players both did. That show’s Quinn understands how to evaluate pro talent and you have to remember Quinn was mentored by Bill Belichick during his time with the New England Patriots. Clearly that strong understanding of football has rubbed off on Bob Quinn and the Lions are trending in the right direction. Bob Quinn didn’t rest on his laurels either, he was determined to keep improving the Lions and ultimately made a splash in free agency this off-season. The Lions signed Rick Wagner and T.J Lang to solidify their offensive line and these were 2 big time football moves. Quarterback Matt Stafford will be well protected in 2017 and Detroit still has the draft to make a little bit more magic happen. Quinn has stated that the Lions could address the defensive back position early on so a guy like Adoree Jackson could be a possibility at the number 21 spot. Former University of Michigan alum Jabrill Peppers will likely still be on the board as well so he could be a possibility just because of the versatility Peppers brings to the table. Peppers could slide out to corner if needed, or he can work in the slot against receivers. Peppers could also be an immediate impact player in the kick return game adding another dimension to the Lions. The other option could be Christian McCaffrey if he is still on the board. Truthfully Dalvin Cook would be a dream come true for Bob Quinn but it’s very unlikely he will be on the board by the time the Lions pick. McCaffrey would be a decent addition just because the Lions have a fresh new offensive line to run behind. Regardless of the route Bob Quinn goes in the draft he has done a great job up to this point and deserves praise for the success he has had in just 2 seasons in Detroit. The Lions look like the favorite to win the NFC North right now.
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