Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn now has three drafts under his belt. While he’s mostly avoided any clear busts (thus far), Detroit has yet to pick up a huge game-changing draft pick that has taken the league by storm.
There are certainly some candidates who could develop into premier players. Taylor Decker got unlucky with a shoulder injury during the offseason of his second year. There’s also Jamal Agnew, only 23 years old, who already has an All-Pro selection under his belt as a phenomenal punt returner. And Kenny Golladay, who impressed at times in his rookie season and is due for a breakout year in 2018.
However, two different publications put out their top 25 players under 25 years old list, and the Lions were shut out of both. Pro Football Focus and CBS Sports have guys like Joey Bosa and Todd Gurley topping their list, but no Lions.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
Do you think any Lions should be on these lists?
At this point, it’s hard to argue that any Lions players definitively deserve to be on these lists. I think it’s possible that guys like Golladay and Decker could currently be among the top 25 players under 25, but you can’t really justify putting them on the list with their current resumes.
This isn’t to say that Quinn has made bad draft picks in the past. He has mostly gone after non-skill positions early in drafts, and those kind of picks don’t tend to get the attention of lists like this (each list only has two offensive linemen on it). That being said, Quinn hasn’t exactly hit on some of his other early picks. A’Shawn Robinson hasn’t quite lived up to expectation yet, and Teez Tabor has yet to come out of his shell.
It’s still way too early to judge Quinn’s ability to draft, but I think it’s fair to exclude all of his draft picks from top 25 lists at the moment.