Safe.  That is the best word to describe new GM Bob Quinn’s first draft as the head man of the Detroit Lions.  In the first round Quinn chose the player many expected them to in Ohio State’s Taylor Decker.  In the second and third rounds, Quinn kept hitting needs.

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With the 46th pick the Detroit Lions took the big DT out of Alabama, A’Shawn Robinson.  I loved this pick.  A’Shawn had been rumored to go as high as 12 to the New Orleans Saints, so having him fall to the middle of the second round is a coup for this team.  He slid mostly due to concerns about his pass rushing skills, and as a 4-3 DT, penetration is a skill that gets you paid.  Robinson is disruptive despite not being overly productive in the sack department.  He moves the pocket by pushing back Guards and Centers, disrupting a Quarterback’s timing and causing some happy feet.  A huge, disruptive presence like this in the second round is a good get for a team desperate for depth on the defensive line.

In the third round, the Detroit Lions added more depth to a historically leaky offensive line, selecting Graham Glasgow out of Michigan.  Glasgow has great fundamentals and intelligence, key traits in any good center.  Glasgow has the potential to start at center this year, at the very least pushing incumbent Travis Swanson in training camp.  At worst, Glasgow will provide depth at center or at guard.  The Lions have had several injuries on the O-Line in the past few years, and having a starting-caliber player ready to step in is a luxury not many teams have.  Glasgow does have some off the field questions, being forced to move in with his grandmother his senior year after a DUI arrest and a probation violation.  Rumor has it that they both loved it and it helped re-focus Glasgow.  If it did and Glasgow can play like he played his senior year, this could be a very good pick for the Lions.  If old habits crop up again, Glasgow’s career might be short.  I like the value here however, and have no problem with this pick.

Now comes the real work.  In rounds 4-7 the Lions have seven draft picks.  These are the rounds where the Detroit Lions have been one of the worst teams in the NFL in recent history, affecting the depth of the roster.  If Quinn can turn these picks into players that make the roster and fight for starting spots, that will turn this draft from a safe draft, into a great draft.

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