Both the Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn and head coach Jim Caldwell have shrouded their tenure in Allen Park with secrecy. Injury news has been on lockdown since Caldwell joined the team in 2014. Quinn has put the clamps on training camp reporting, ensuring that anything resembling strategy is embargoed from reaching the public via the media.
That’s why it’s a bit surprising to hear that—for the first time ever—NFL Network will actually have cameras in the Lions’ draft war room. Via SI.com’s Richard Deitsch:
The NFL Network is a big believer in having cameras in team draft war rooms. The network will be at 20 team facilities this year, including the Browns, 49ers, Titans, Jets, Chargers, Panthers, Cardinals, Colts, Buccaneers, Broncos, Lions, Texans, Seahawks, Chiefs, Cowboys, Packers. Steelers, Falcons, Rams and Vikings.
The war room camera should give us an interesting look into the live reactions of Detroit’s front office as they make their selections throughout the draft.
But if you’re hoping for a peak at the Lions’ draft board, don’t bank on it. Teams are very careful about the placement of those cameras, and we typically don’t get much, if any, audio to go along with the video feed.
However, you may remember last year that the Lions themselves gave us a little peak into their war room after the draft had finished. They posted a video of the moment they called and selected Taylor Decker in the first round, and we even saw a blurry draft board in the background. From there, we tried taking a closer look at what the draft board revealed, though it was hard to make any clear conclusions from the video.
Regardless, it’s nice to see the Lions being a little more transparent and allowing their fans to have a little behind-the-scenes coverage on draft day.