That said, it’s been a productive offseason for the Lions and their embattled general manager. They added two running backs in Tatum Bell and T.J. Duckett, a solid offensive tackle in George Foster and shored up the defensive line by signing Tampa Bay’s Dewayne White.
So we started thinking maybe Millen is on a roll, finally coming into his own or simply not making moves after a night of coke and jager-bombs. Then we read an amusing item today from ESPN’s resident NFL Draft guru, Todd McShay.
Apparently Millen and the Lions brass aren’t sold on offensive lineman Joe Thomas at the No. 2 pick because “his arms aren’t the ideal length for an NFL tackle,” and Detroit is now seriously considering taking Brady Quinn with the pick.
OK, can we just put this out there for all the NFL executives we know read this blog: Guys, you want to know how to tell if a player is good or not? WATCH THE GAME FILM!!!
Christ people. He doesn’t have long enough arms? That’s all you can come up with? Let’s ask all of the defensive lineman he faced in college about that … Oh right, they’re all still recovering. Thomas and Calvin Johnson are universally regarded as the only sure things in this draft, whereas with Mr. Quinn, well we don’t need to tell you what we think of his abilities (or lack thereof).
I don’t care what you think Quinn’s hermetically sealed workout at Notre Dame’s indoor practice facility told you, he’s not worthy of the No. 2 pick. The fact that the kid completed some passes in a t-shirt, tennis shoes and shorts, with no defense around, in a pre-scripted situation means absolutely nothing. Hell, two years ago scouts raved about how great Aaron Rogers’ workout was. Nevermind the fact that he never threw a pass longer than five yards in college.
Here’s the long and the short of it. The Lions are a bad team. They won’t get better because of one draft and a few good decisions in free agency, so they need to unload this pick and let someone else make the “Quinn mistake.”