The 2017 NFL Scouting Combine will kick off on Tuesday, February 28. The annual event is always an important part in the NFL Draft scouting process, as it gives teams the opportunity to see just how athletic these prospects are. It also gives teams the chance to meet face-to-face with players, adding a personality element to their scouting process.
This event also allows fans and analysts the opportunity to not only do their own personal scouting, but to get an inside look at their favorite team’s drafting regimen. The combine is one of a finite amount of events during the offseason where members of each team’s front office are available to the media.
Like last year, the Detroit Lions have decided to make general manager Bob Quinn available for questions during the week. Quinn will address the media on Wednesday at 2:45 p.m. ET. Here’s a look at the full schedule:
Full list of NFL head coaches/football executives scheduled to speak at 2017 Combine (check https://t.co/WQAAHBEgsT for updates) pic.twitter.com/pGcPdhPL3O— Randall Liu (@RLiuNFL) February 24, 2017
For the second consecutive year, head coach Jim Caldwell will not be formally addressing the media.
You may think that these media sessions are just a waste of time and won’t reveal much of any information. After all, Quinn has been the kind of GM that spends most of his time behind the scenes, and the Lions have become notorious for keeping all of their information behind locked doors. However, at last year’s event, Quinn was actually quite forthcoming. As questions were starting to emerge about Riley Reiff’s future with the team, Quinn clearly stated that the Lions would not be moving on from Reiff and that he’d be a part of the team in 2016. This obviously turned out to be true, despite the fact that a few months later Quinn would go on to draft Taylor Decker in the first round.
This year, the Lions face very similar questions about their roster. Will Detroit retain their two starters on the right side of the offensive line this year? Is Haloti Ngata still part of the picture in 2017? Has there been any progress in contract extension talks with Matthew Stafford?
I don’t expect Quinn to be fully forthcoming with his answers to these questions, but we’ll have full coverage of what he does say next week.
What questions would you like to see Quinn answer next week?