With their third round selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions have chosen Graham Glasgow, center out of Michigan.
With Travis Swanson coming off a rough year capped off with injury (not to mention losing his advocate on the coaching staff, Jeremiah Washburn), seeking a replacement center seemed always to be an option for the Lions coming into this year's draft. With Nick Martin and Ryan Kelly well off the boards, Bob Quinn selected the Michigan center, who also has experience playing left and right guard.
SB Nation Michigan blog Maize n Brew writes the following: "Glasgow was a three-year starter at Michigan and bounced back nicely from his arrest in 2014 to become one of the leaders on the team in Jim Harbaugh's first season in Ann Arbor. With him not being as athletic as teams may want in today's NFL, he still has the look of a quality reserve offensive lineman who can hold his own when called into action at multiple positions."
In March 2014, Graham Glasgow was arrested for DUI in Ann Arbor. He blew a .13 BAC test. In 2015 he violated his probation and was suspended for the season opener. It's certainly something to keep an eye on, although his redemption story is touching as well: Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh suggested he move in with his grandmother, who helped to keep him straight.
Glasgow possesses the technical knowledge and awareness to play the center position. He'll likely compete with Travis Swanson in training camp for the starting position.
At this point in the draft, Bob Quinn's front office has drafted three linemen, two on offense and one on defense. Quinn told the press that this reflects his philosophy towards building a winning football team:
Why 3 straight picks in the trenches? Quinn: "That's where I believe you win football games." #Lions— Tori Petry (@sportstori) April 30, 2016