DETROIT — Detroit Lions general director Bob Quinn said Monday the team is open to taking a quarterback with the No. 8 pick in the draft should they exude someone worthy — even with veteran Matthew Stafford on the roster.
And it comes weeks after Quinn said Stafford has been the quarterback of the team and could remain being the team’s quarterback.
“We will contemplate any position from the draft at any point in time, while it’s the eighth overall selection or we have multiple picks later from the draft,” Quinn said. “We are able now with the eighth overall choice that the entire draft board is really wide available to people. We aren’t going to eliminate any prospects.
“In previous decades, at least my last couple years here, we’ve drafted anywhere from 16 to 22 I believe. It’s a bit different for us this past year. There exists a few more players which are going to be more around of course, should there’s a quarterback on the market which we deem could help us this year or even in the future, we will not ever close the door on that.”
The best quarterback prospects in this year’s draft are the Kyler Murray of Oklahoma along with Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins.
The matter came up as a matter from a fan through the team’s yearly season ticket member convention, where fans lined up to ask questions of Quinnteam president Rod Wood and head trainer Matt Patricia at the context of how teams from the league were successful construction together with quarterbacks on newcomer contracts offering more harbor flexibility.
Patricia said they’ll need to carry strikes, once the quarterback has to be paid and some times those teams are constructed to be stacked on 1 side of the ball. Patricia said”it’s catchy water to kind of tread when you kind of have those situations and we’re attempting to balance the overall foundation of the team so that you’re competitive all the way across the board”
He’ll have $ 6million guaranteed to him if, as expected, Stafford is on the roster of the fifth day of the 20-19 league year.
The 31-year-old is coming off a few of their worst seasons of his career, completing 66.1 per cent of his moves 3,777 yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. His total was his lowest since the 2010 season; the touchdowns the fewest since 2012 and interceptions highest since 2015. His QBR of 53.8 was his lowest since 2014.
After last season, Quinn said he endorsed what Matt Patricia had said earlier, which they believe in Stafford because of their quarter back and believed the Lions may win a Super Bowl.
“He will be our quarterback here. Listen, this guy is a really talented player along with myself, the coaches, want to put him better situations to allow him to make use of his skillset.”
That is something Patricia and Quinn backed up again at the summit, saying they needed to upgrade the tight end position — calling it a priority – and finding more defensive and offensive play makers.