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CBS Sports activities analyst and former NFL MVP Boomer Esiason speaks to the media on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, forward of Tremendous Bowl LIII in Atlanta.
Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press

Rod Wooden opened the Detroit Lions’ annual season-ticket holder summit Monday by reminding these in attendance that common supervisor Bob Quinn would not be revealing “who we’ll take with the eighth decide” in April’s draft.

Maybe, Wooden ought to have informed the gang that Quinn would not be sharing who the Lions will not take, both.

With two and a half months nonetheless left till the draft, Quinn supplied up his greatest head faux Monday, saying he would not rule out taking a quarterback within the prime 10 simply over a month after he and head coach Matt Patricia reaffirmed their dedication to Matthew Stafford.

“We’ll contemplate any place within the draft at any time limit, whether or not it’s the eighth general decide or we now have a number of picks later within the draft,” Quinn stated. “So we’re ready now with the eighth general decide that the entire draft board is absolutely extensive open to us. We’re not going to actually remove any prospects.”

The Lions, in fact, acquire no profit from telling the world they will not take a quarterback at No. eight, not with the quarterback-needy Denver Broncos selecting two spots behind them and Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray now joining Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins as potential top-10 picks.

Final month, each Quinn and Patricia insisted they had been totally vested in Stafford regardless of the quarterback’s disappointing 2018 season.

Stafford, enjoying the final month by means of a painful again damage, didn’t throw for four,00Zero yards for the primary time since 2010 and the Lions completed in final place within the NFC North.

Quinn stated after the season that he believes the Lions can win a Super Bowl with Stafford as their quarterback.

“Matthew Stafford’s our quarterback,” Quinn stated on the time. “He might be our quarterback right here. Pay attention, this man’s a very gifted participant and myself, the coaches have to put him in higher conditions to permit him to make use of his talent set.”

Taking a quarterback in Spherical 1 would not essentially deliver an instantaneous finish to Stafford’s tenure in Detroit. The Lions might use the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs strategy and provides a younger quarterback a season’s value of grooming earlier than handing him the beginning job.

However lower than two years after signing Stafford to what was at the time the most lucrative contract in NFL history, the Lions have given no indication they’re prepared to maneuver on from their 31-year-old sign caller.

On Monday, moments after Quinn affirmed to a fan that, sure, he would contemplate a quarterback within the prime 10, Patricia stated it is deceptive to claim that NFL groups are higher off constructing with low cost, younger quarterbacks as a result of if these quarterbacks are any good, they’re going to ultimately signal profitable offers of their very own.

This yr, the teams with the five highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL failed to make the playoffs.

“You see lots of tendencies by means of the course of the league with younger quarterbacks that are available in and have lots of success early on and possibly these groups have been constructed closely on one facet of the ball or the opposite,” Patricia stated. “Look, when these contracts come due and people quarterbacks need to be paid then these different positions, they actually take a success. And there’s positively groups you can have a look at by means of the course of the years within the NFL that even have achieved that last-game success and received, after which that quarterback contract, that invoice got here due and actually haven’t been capable of get again there or again to that stage.

“It is tough water to form of tread there when you’ve got these conditions and whenever you’re attempting to steadiness the general basis of the crew so that you just’re aggressive all the way in which throughout the board.”

The Lions have loads of wants on either side of the ball, and their school scouts are on the town this week for a set of pre-combine draft conferences.

They need extra playmakers for a protection that completed 31st within the league with simply 14 takeaways this season. They should improve their tight finish and extensive receiver spots, and possibly discover a new beginning proper guard. And so they in all probability will look to draft a quarterback sooner or later, although it appears unlikely they’re going to go that route in Spherical 1, it doesn’t matter what Quinn stated Monday.

“My final couple years right here, we’ve drafted wherever from 16 to (21), I imagine,” Quinn stated. “So it’s slightly bit completely different for us this yr. There’s a couple of extra gamers which can be going to be accessible. If there’s a quarterback on the market that we deem might assist us this yr or sooner or later, we’ll by no means shut the door on that.”

No less than not when different groups are listening.

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