A week before the NFL Draft, Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn noted that acquiring more draft picks was “good business,” and that he would welcome the opportunity to add more selections to their arsenal should the opportunity arise. After all, the Lions entered the 2018 draft with fewer picks (6) than any other team.
It didn’t take long for the Lions to have that chance to acquire more picks. According to Quinn, the Lions could have traded down in the first round had they wanted to. “We had multiple offers on the table for our pick,” Quinn told the media on Thursday.
But the Lions obviously turned down all of the offers, and instead chose Arkansas center Frank Ragnow with their pick. The selection was a big surprise, but the Lions may have made the right choice standing pat, seeing as both the Bengals (pick 21) and Patriots (pick 23) were reportedly trying to acquire him.
Interestingly enough, Quinn also said that the phones were just as active on a potential trade up in the round. “We had a bunch of calls and I think probably about half were going up and about half were to move down.”
So why did the Lions end up standing pat? “We just thought at the end of the day, Frank was the best player at the time,” Quinn said. “The guy that can help us the most, the quickest, and real excited about the pick.”