Detroit Lions: Bob Quinn made right call about drafting a quarterback

Bob Quinn, Matt Patricia, Detroit Lions (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Bob Quinn, Matt Patricia, Detroit Lions (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

Unlikely and bold, Detroit Lions‘ general manager Bob Quinn is open to drafting a quarterback in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Matthew Stafford is the present and future quarterback of the Detroit Lions. Or so we all thought.

General manager Bob Quinn had some interesting comments in response to ESPN Lions beat reporter Michael Rothstein inquiring about the team’s interest in drafting a quarterback with their first round pick, eighth overall. This took place at the season ticket holder’s summit and it set the NFL media community ablaze.

Here’s what Quinn told Rothstein via

"“We’ll consider any position in the draft at any point in time, whether it’s the eighth overall pick or we have multiple picks later in the draft.”"

This is good general managing from Quinn. Always being open to improve your team is how you succeed.

For now, Stafford is the guy, but things change based on circumstances. It’s unlikely the Lions pull the trigger on a quarterback that high. To be fair, he’s reaching his apex and has taken quite the beating already. Preparing for life beyond the franchise’s best passer in history has to take some sort of priority.

At eighth overall, Quinn doesn’t want to limit who Detroit takes. There is a feeling they draft a backup, which is a big need. Where that’ll take place is unknown to this point.

Besides the open-mindedness Bob showed, he’s also playing chess. By suggesting the Lions are open to any position, this creates a ploy to the other NFL teams that truly have a need at quarterback. This could force a trade Quinn couldn’t refuse.

Trading down is an option for Detroit. Ultimately, I could work out better if things worked out that way. Brilliance on the part of the GM.

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Offseason football is always a game of poker and the stakes are always high. Let’s hope no one calls the Detroit Lions’ bluff.