ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions used their final pick of the second day of the draft to bolster the interior of the offensive line, selecting former Michigan center Graham Glasgow. It’s the first time the Lions have drafted a player from Michigan since Jeff Backus.
My take: Another safe, smart selection for Bob Quinn, who is quietly having a really strong draft building from the lines out. So far, Quinn has used all of his draft picks on linemen -- two on the offensive line with Taylor Decker and Glasgow and one on the interior of the defensive line with A'Shawn Robinson from Alabama. Quinn viewed Decker and Glasgow in similar ways that they are “big, strong, tough, durable” along with having versatility. Decker can play both tackle spots and Glasgow has played both center and guard throughout his career.
Travis Swanson is possibly in trouble: That the Lions would devote a Day 2 pick to a center for the second time in three seasons doesn’t bode well for how the franchise views Swanson’s long-term future with the franchise. Swanson was drafted in the third round in 2014 and spelled veteran Dominic Raiola that season. He started last season and was wildly inconsistent. No one in the Lions brass has publicly committed to Swanson being the center in 2016, with Jim Caldwell saying at the owners meetings he would have to earn it. That job got much more difficult with the addition of Glasgow, who is tough and has shown to be a very good run-blocker and pass-protector. Quinn said Swanson played well last year but that he’ll “have competition” now for the starting center position.
All-Star games helped him stand out: Glasgow is the kind of guy who really benefitted from playing in All-Star games after the season. He played in both the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl and his performance there elevated how the Lions viewed him as a prospect. He showed he could play both guard and center during the practices for those games and that helped out even more. Quinn said Glasgow helped himself “considerably” during the All-Star games because he played the best competition possible down there. Quinn called it an important part of the evaluation process and it is obvious it helped Glasgow.
What’s next: The Lions have a boatload of picks on Saturday -- seven of them as of now, starting with No. 111 (the No. 13 pick in the fourth round). It’d be somewhat surprising to see Detroit keep all of those selections, but considering Quinn wants to build the depth on the roster, this is the day he can do it. Figure the franchise will look at the secondary -- both corner and safety -- along with wide receiver, defensive end, running back and potentially a backup quarterback with all of those picks on the final day of the draft. Quinn said the Lions will look at their board before the start of the fourth round and could go best player available a decent amount Saturday.