Lions GM Quinn explains his draft philosophy
The Detroit Lions are headed in a new direction now that Bob Quinn has been hired as the team's new general manager. Like every other GM across the NFL, he will be assessed by his performance in the draft more so than any other duty.
Quinn explained his draft philosophy during his introductory press conference this week.
Via Lions senior writer Tim Twentyman:
Everyone says it’s best available or need. For me, it’s a mesh. You can’t just say I’m going to take the best available player. If you have a starting level, say running back, why would you take a running back in the first round?
I think you definitely have to establish a mesh of need and best available, and that’s how we’d set up our draft board.
The Lions own the 16th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft after a 7-9 season. The biggest needs are at offensive line, but the team could also use a wide receiver or a defensive tackle or a safety. Depending on who's available when the Lions are on the clock in late April, Quinn may be able to target the perfect mesh point by addressing a need with the best player left on the board.
Quinn will probably feel some pressure to nail Detroit's first-round pick -- his first as a GM -- but his job doesn't end there. A class full of rookie contributors will improve the Lions' depth and help them return to the playoffs in 2016.