With their first three picks in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Lions selected an offensive tackle, defensive tackle and center.
In three picks, new Lions general manager Bob Quinn addressed the trenches, which he told reporters gathered in Allen Park after the first two days of the draft, was a priority.
“That’s where I believe you win football games,” Quinn said. “You win football games in the trenches and you’ve got to have big, strong, tough, durable, versatile guys in there.
“You know, I think both of the picks today kind of show what the scouting process is all about, about guys that might be big-school guys, but have different backgrounds. When you do all the research and all the work on all the players and you sit there and talk about these players, you want to say, ‘Do you want these guys to be Lions?’ I can say unequivocally, ‘Yes’ on both these guys.”
He’s talking about defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson (6-4, 307) and center Graham Glasgow (6-6, 307), who were taken in the second and third rounds, respectively. They joined offensive tackle Taylor Decker (6-7, 310), who was taken in Round 1 Thursday at pick No. 16.
In Decker and Glasgow, Quinn thinks he’s improved the toughness and depth upfront.
“Big, strong, tough, durable,” he said in describing Decker and Glasgow. “I think those are four words that you can probably describe both of those guys [with], and versatile.
“I think those are things that, you know, I always look for and I think most teams look for in offensive linemen that can play multiple positions, handle the bigger guys inside along the defensive line. I think that’s not just this year’s theme, I think that’s any theme that you have in terms of building the offensive line.”
When it comes to Robinson and the defensive line, Quinn wants a deep and talented rotation, which Robinson now joins.
“I think talking to our coaches and the way that they want to run our defensive line, you know, we have I think eight or nine guys active every week on the defensive line,” he said.
“You know, Coach (Kris) Kocurek and Coach (Teryl) Austin and Coach (Jim) Caldwell, you know, they want to use multiple guys and keep guys fresh. So, I think that’s important for any scheme, but definitely what we’re doing.”
It’s become clear through the first two days of the draft that Quinn wants to build this football team from the inside out moving forward.