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What we know from Day 1 of Detroit Lions' OTAs

The Detroit Lions first OTA may have been closed from both the public and media, but that doesn't mean we can't surmise what happened.

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The Detroit Lions began their organized team activities (OTAs) on Tuesday. If you're expecting a full report on what happened and who looked good, I have some bad news for you: the session was closed to both the media and the public. In fact, we won't get any breakdowns from OTAs until Thursday, as the media is blocked out until then.

That being said, the Lions' official website did release both highlights and a photo gallery of Tuesday's OTAs. Since we're so starved for some sort of news regarding the 2016 version of this team, let's do our best detective work and see what we can conclude from this little bit of evidence. Here's what we know about the Lions' first OTA of the year.

Both Tahir Whitehead and Quandre Diggs notched interceptions

The Lions' twitter account tweeted out video of Diggs doing his best David Tyree impression while defending receiver Austin Willis:

Whitehead snagged a Matthew Stafford pass that bounced off the fingertips of undrafted rookie Cole Wick (seen at the 1:51 mark of the highlight video).

Joe Dahl received snaps at tackle, Graham Glasgow played guard

Ever since being drafted, many have debated where Dahl is best suited along the offensive line. While he's unlikely to begin the season as a starter, fans want to know where Dahl will provide the most depth. Well, in this picture, Dahl is lined up as a left tackle, with fellow rookie Graham Glasgow -- interestingly enough -- lined up as a guard, not a center. Here's another picture of Glasgow at left guard (he's No. 60). However, as evidenced by the 2:14 mark in the highlight video, Glasgow also received reps at center.

DeAndre Levy participated, at least a little

During the highlights, Levy shows up several times with a helmet on. In fact, at one point (1:23 mark), Levy is about to take part in some sort of linebacker drill, but the video cuts away just before the snap. If I had to wildly speculate, this was probably done on purpose to prevent us nosey types from analyzing whether Levy is 100 percent yet.

Golden Tate still looks good

Okay, maybe it's not fair to judge a player's performance based on three or four highlights from a two-minute video, but Tate corrals a few catches in the compilation video, including an impressive out-route lined up against Darius Slay at the 1:30 mark of the video.

Glover Quin is teaching the new guys

It's still unknown who will be playing alongside Quin at the strong safety position, but one of the candidates is fourth-round pick Miles Killebrew. 

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(Via the highlight video at

Above you can see Quin pointing out something to Killebrew. With the veteran presence of Rashean Mathis gone from this secondary, Quin will very likely take over a leadership role with this unit. In fact, it looks like it has already begun.