The Detroit Lions seemed to be making a concerted effort to be a little more open with the media. Earlier in the offseason The Athletic took a trip down to Alabama on a private jet with Matt Patricia. Shortly thereafter, they got to interview director of player personnel Kyle O’Brien.
Now, general manager Bob Quinn is letting us peek behind the proverbial heavily-guarded door to the draft war room. DetroitLions.com’s Mike O’Hara talked to Quinn about the draft day experience and how he handles the entire weekend.
Particularly interesting was Quinn’s process when the Lions are on the clock.
“Generally speaking, if you’re in the first round you have 10 minutes on the clock,” Quinn said. “You wait at least five minutes, to see if the phone rings. Then you take a minute and probably 30 seconds to get the player on the phone and make sure he’s there talking, alive and ready to go. And then, you always want to give yourself a couple minutes of a buffer before the time goes off.”
The entire piece is definitely worth a read, just to give you an idea of what a war room is actually like during draft weekend.
- Happy 30th anniversary to one of the most important moments in franchise history:
On this day 30 years ago, the @Lions selected @CowboyFB RB @BarrySanders with the 3rd pick in the 1989 NFL Draft.— Detroit Lions PR (@LionsPR) April 23, 2019
Sanders was enshrined in the @ProFootballHOF in 2004, was the @NFL MVP in 1997 and was a 6-time AP All-Pro selection.
Below is a look at his career by the numbers: pic.twitter.com/ASO0qkjny7
- Zac Snyder has an interesting seven-round mock draft for the Detroit Lions that starts with an unpopular pick, but addresses all of the team’s most pressing needs (Warning: slideshow).
- Frank Ragnow has spent the offseason relaxing and getting to know the fishing scene in Michigan:
- Kyle Meinke of MLive really, really thinks the Lions are drafting T.J. Hockenson.
- In case you were wondering, Dan Orlovsky is still killing the analysis game. Here he is talking with NFL draft prospect Dwayne Haskins:
- Lions Wire’s Jeff Risdon made his own odds for who the Lions will select with their first-round pick.