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6-10, 4th in NFC North

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

With the first round over, here are some names to consider for the Lions in Round 2: DB Rock Ya-Sin CB Byron Murphy CB Justin Layne DE/OLB Chase Winovich WR Deebo Samuel S Nasir Adderley WR A.J. Brown DE Jaylon Ferguson OL Dalton Risner S Deionte Thompson LB Mack Wilson WR Parris Campbell

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Bob Quinn said they were talking about the range of maybe moving up tomorrow to make a deal to get a player earlier in the second round. Quinn has done that before, notably last year with Kerryon Johnson. That there's all day to think about it "provokes more conversation" to find out what it'll take to get a guy.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Bob Quinn on whether or not he'll bring up the fact that he'll likely be compared to Eric Ebron: Said he might eventually bring it up but it won't be a priority. Has other things to talk with him about first. Ebron, of course, was the last Top 10 tight end for the Lions -- the last time the Lions had a Top 10 pick.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Bob Quinn: "There's a transition to every position" but said he believes in T.J. Hockenson's intelligence. Said they feel comfortable that he'll be able to pick it up. Said there were a couple of trade conversations but nothing that stood out as something he had to do.

Hockenson: Chemistry with Stafford will come with time (2:01)

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Patricia on T.J. Hockenson during the Lions' draft party: Gives multiplicity on offense. Really high on his blocking. "There's a lot of plays on tape where you're watching this guy and he's blocking somebody and all of a sudden you can't see him anymore on the tape because he's got his guy over on the sideline dumping him on the bench." Also said he's difficult to tackle and "turns small plays into big plays."

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

New Lions TE T.J. Hockenson said "you never really are sure" when a team will take you. Said all of his talks were positive with the Lions. "It was awesome" getting the call from Detroit, which he called a great program. Had his 92-year-old grandfather with him.

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Lions grab top TE Hockenson with No. 8 pick

The Lions used the No. 8 overall pick to take Iowa star T.J. Hockenson, making him the highest-selected tight end since Vernon Davis went No. 6 to the 49ers in 2006.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Iowa TE T.J. Hockenson to the Lions at No.8 overall. Hockenson has the athletic traits to win in the passing game. He's a detailed route runner with the ability to produce after the catch. Plus, he will finish as a blocker. Think of Hockenson as a middle of the field threat for QB Matthew Stafford in Detroit.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

T.J. Hockenson going to the Detroit Lions is a surprise -- only because Ed Oliver was unexpectedly still on the board. The pick makes sense for how Bob Quinn has drafted in the past -- high floor, high character players at positions of need. And Hockenson has the chance to be very, very good for quarterback Matthew Stafford. But if Oliver becomes a star and Hockenson is anything but, this will be a pick that many will question for a long time.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Detroit Lions are on the clock and Ed Oliver is available. Have to think the Lions will think long and hard about taking the versatile defensive lineman here. T.J. Hockenson and Brian Burns could be other possibilities and don't rule out a trade, but the fact that Oliver is still here could make this easy.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Bob Quinn, before the draft, says they are testing all the speed dial lines an hour before to make sure that they all work. About 50 people are part of his draft operation.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

An hour or so before the madness, inside the Detroit Lions draft party.

John Pluym ESPN 

Duke never has had a QB drafted in the first round. The highest drafted Duke player is linebacker Mike Junkin in 1987 (No. 5 by Cleveland Browns). The only Duke first-round pick in the last 30 years is offensive lineman Laken Tomlinson (No. 28 pick in 2015 by Detroit Lions).

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Kelly Stafford back in hospital after surgery

Kelly Stafford, the wife of Matthew Stafford, returned to the hospital Wednesday after experiencing severe pain in her recovery from brain surgery.

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Stafford back with Lions after wife's surgery

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was at the team's facility on Monday morning, a day after his wife, Kelly, was released from the hospital following surgery to remove a brain tumor.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Bob Quinn expects there will be some disappointment from the juniors who declared for the draft this year because of the numbers of them. He seemed to indicate he thinks it's an issue with the players that come out and are maybe getting bad advice -- or are not listening to the advice they are getting from the advisory board before they come out. Doesn't know what the solution should be but said it should be looked at.

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Team Stats

Passing Yards223.520th
Rushing Yards103.823rd
Points For20.325th
Points Against22.5