Bob Quinn’s Best Draft Picks – Fourth Round
The middle of the list is a rough spot for Quinn and the Detroit Lions staff. Six men have been drafted since 2016 in the middle round. Miles Killebrew, Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Michael Roberts, Da’Shawn Hand, Austin Bryant, and Stenberg this year.
Killebrew has been a part-time, sub package player and backup at safety/outside linebacker hybrid. Reeves-Maybin has been used similarly, as a special teams player, coverage linebacker, and backup player. Roberts, a tight end who was released after two years, is currently on an NFL roster but hasn’t logged a catch since leaving Detroit in 2018, according to the NFL’s website.
Austin Bryant was selected as a flyer on a defensive end prospect that Quinn thought would’ve gone much higher if he had been healthy in 2019. Stenberg is a rookie guard with possible starter potential if he can cut down his penalties.
Without many good options, the fifth-round was more difficult, we’re going to hand the award to Da’Shawn Hand. The former Alabama defensive end plays the big D-end role in Detroit and started eight games in 2018 as a rookie. He compiled 3.0 sacks and 2 forced fumbles in 13 total game appearances before knee, ankle, and elbow injuries kept him out through almost all of 2019.
Hand was the top-rated interior defensive lineman by Pro Football Focus among all rookies in 2018. He’s got the size and athleticism if he’s healthy to play a 3-technique inside or he can play the 5-technique if needed. At 6-foot-4, 297-pounds he is a versatile athlete and good run-stopper, hopefully, he can come back healthy in 2020.