Back in January, Lions' general manager Bob Quinn had some strong words about players with domestic violence histories. "The two things that are zero tolerance are domestic violence and dangerous weapons. Those are the two things I’m not going to stand for, I don’t believe in. That’s how I feel," Quinn said in his introductory presser.
Now that the draft is just a week away, Quinn reiterated those comments, and expanded them to players with any sort of troublesome background. "There will be a fair amount of players we will not consider due to character concerns," Quinn stated during Thursday afternoon's press conference.
One player in particular came up during the conference: Robert Nkemdiche. The Detroit Lions have a fairly big need at defensive tackle, and early mock drafts had the Lions grabbing the Ole Miss behemoth. But Quinn specifically noted that Nkemdiche comes along with the dreaded "red-flag" designation:
#Lions GM Bob Quinn said Robert Nkemdiche is a red flag player for the franchise.— Michael Rothstein (@mikerothstein) April 21, 2016
Quinn went on to say that players with a red flag aren't necessarily completely taken off their draft boards. Rather, Quinn and his staff will weigh the character concerns with perceived talent and make a decision based off of all of the factors.
Still, with Quinn being so forthright and adamant about player personality, it seems unlikely that the Lions will take a risk on a player like Nkemdiche early in the draft.