Detroit Lions headlines: To draft or not to draft a first round quarterback

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Kyler Murray of Oklahoma poses for a photo after winning the 2018 Heisman Trophy on December 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Kyler Murray of Oklahoma poses for a photo after winning the 2018 Heisman Trophy on December 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /

Would the Detroit Lions really draft a quarterback in the first round in 2019? We’ll ponder that and more in today’s headlines.

The Detroit Lions topped headlines earlier this week, as it appears the team is considering drafting a quarterback in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. But is something the Lions would consider doing … or just a smokescreen?

We’ll discuss that as well as other of the top stories circling the Lions in today’s edition of headlines. Let’s dive in.

Lions GM Bob Quinn would consider drafting QB at No. 8 –

The Lions made some unusual offseason noise recently with general manager Bob Quinn publicly announcing the team would not shy away from drafting any position, including a quarterback, with their first round selection in the upcoming 2019 draft.

Not known for playing coy, it’s seems a bit out of character for Quinn to play the smokescreen game in an attempt to force other NFL teams to considering leaping in front of Detroit in order to land a rookie passer in April’s draft. But the alternative is that the team is considering moving on from Matthew Stafford, which seems unimaginable.

If Quinn and company is being forthright about their interest in a first round passer, Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray could be the target. Although his small size and frame plus a lack of experience will scare many teams away, especially in the first round.

Bob Quinn wants Detroit Lions to draft a quarterback? Get real – Detroit Free Press

Shawn Windsor of the Detroit Free Press believes Quinn’s quarterback comments are likely just a ruse. And I’d have to agree. Both Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia both seem to be on thinning ice after an underwhelming first season together in Detroit.

Placing a rookie quarterback under center or using a first round pick to stash one behind Stafford seems careless. The Lions have too many needs and both Quinn and Patricia are running out of time to field a playoff winner. Adding a new passer to the mix simply makes that process more difficult.

OC Bevell unsure what Lions offense will look like in 2019 – The Detroit News

After the news Detroit is open to drafting a quarterback first, is there any wonder why Bevell might be unsure about how the Lions’ offense will look this upcoming season? But in all seriousness, the team’s new offensive coordinator likely hasn’t even met with the majority of his players yet. It seems way too early in the process to expect him to know how all the pieces will fit together. I think the team is more concerned with getting more pieces at this point.

Lions attempt to deflect ‘Hard Knocks’ season to Raiders –

This one is simple. The Lions are a cagey franchise. They like to keep information in-house and buttoned up. Having to participate in a program like Hard Knocks is clearly the opposite of that. And based on the disaster the show was for the Cleveland Browns last season, can you blame them for not wanting to be part of it?

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Detroit Lions had no interest in Kareem Hunt, ‘want good people’ – Detroit Free Press

This non-move certainly makes sense for the Detroit Lions. The last thing the team wants to do is add a controversial player to their roster with whom the press will be asking about non-stop for the rest of the year. Although, there is an argument to be made about needing more talent on the roster, the distraction and moral dilemma of doing so in this situation is hard to argue for.