Even if Josh Allen was on the board?" />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhitePride Of Detroita Detroit Lions communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsLibraryLionsOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Detroit Lions NewsDetroit Lions NotesDetroit Lions AnalysisDetroit Lions TransactionsDetroit Lions Game RecapsFiled under:Detroit Lions NewsDetroit Lions QuotesBob Quinn: Drafting T.J. Hockenson was an ‘easy decision’ New Danny Amendola Jersey ,33commentsEven if Josh Allen was on the board? EDTShareTweetShareShareBob Quinn: Drafting T.J. Hockenson was an ‘easy decision’ Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty ImagesAs with any draft pick, there’s going to be a debate as to whether Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn made the right choice with first-round selection T.J. Hockenson. While the pick received an A or B grade by 71 percent of fans, many criticized the pick, arguing that the value wasn’t there or a better prospect should have been the choice. But for Quinn, there wasn’t much of a debate. The Lions general manager joined 97.1 radio show “Jamie and Stoney” on Tuesday morning and said the pick was easy.“At the end of the day, it was a very easy decision when we were on the clock,” Quinn said. “He’s someone that we fully vetted, and really put a lot of time and effort into making sure he’s a good fit for us on the field as well as off the field, and really for us, it was a very easy decision.” There isn’t much debate about Hockenson the player. He’s a does-everything tight end with no red flag concerns about his character and no significant injury history. However, the debate about value is one worth considering. We talked about it last week, regarding both the financial and on-field value of a tight end and whether that’s worth such high draft capital. Quinn thinks there’s value in just about every position in the top 10 Trey Flowers Jersey , given the player and fit is right.“I think there’s value in any position you look at across the league if you use the guys correctly and they’re good players, which we obviously think T.J. is,” Quinn said.The other concern were the player available. A lot of fans and analysts thought the Lions may take Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver with the choice or Michigan linebacker Devin Bush. Obviously, if the pick was “easy” for Quinn, those players were never really in consideration when Detroit was on the clock.However, the Lions almost had what many perceived to be a dream scenario. Kentucky defensive end Josh Allen nearly fell to the Lions, but the Jacksonville Jaguars swooped him up just before the Lions went on the clock. Had Allen still been on the board, would that have made the decision any harder? “It probably would have been a little bit more of a talking point,” Quinn admitted.Ultimately, though, Quinn seems very confident in this pick. After failing to put together a tight end crew worth fielding in 2018, it was clear improving that room was a big priority for him and the team. “I think the draft recap is who we took and we’re really excited about T.J. having him on the team Damon Harrison Jersey , putting him in there with the other guys in the room—especially with signing Jesse James in free agency. I think it went from a position of weakness last year to a position of strength.” Amidst all the bad things that happened to the Detroit Lions on Sunday against the Chicago Bears, the one saving grace was their run defense. Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen combined for just 36 yards on 18 carries (2.0 YPC). This is a team that ranked seventh in rushing DVOA coming into Week 9 and the Lions completely stopped them.Most credit goes to Damon Harrison Sr., who led the Lions with six solo tackles on the day, including one for a loss. The man has single-handedly transformed the Lions’ run defense efficiency, and it’s nice to finally see the fruits of his labor—even if the rest of the team is falling apart around him.But Harrison didn’t spend post-game Sunday reveling in yet another individual game. In fact, he felt he was part of the problem against the Bears and said so on Twitter.Harrison’s candor isn’t all that uncommon. After a loss, even the players that played well tend to tell the media that they weren’t good enough, and most NFL athletes are harder on themselves than anyone else could ever be. However, this wasn’t some canned response to the media. Harrison, unprompted, felt the need to repent for his mistakes that, he believes Ricky Jean Francois Jersey , cost the team dearly. In a locker room that is getting increasingly combative with the media and seems intent on keeping issues quiet, Harrison’s open honesty is a breath of fresh air.And he wasn’t done. A Lions fan reached out to Harrison to point out that he’s been a joy to watch in Detroit, but “Snacks” insisted he needs to be better and was even very specific about what he did wrong:I’m not the kind of fan that needs to hear players or coaches “take responsibility” for their poor play. Those fans almost seem to be asking for an apology, when it’s obvious these guys’ careers are on the line, and they have much more at stake than the fans. An apology won’t make them play better and taking responsibility only creates a perception that they’re working to get better. They need to put in the actual work. Talk is cheap. But what I do appreciate from Harrison here is the amount of transparency he’s willing to give. He’s not only telling us he didn’t play up to his own standards, but he’s showing us. Too often, former players and coaches patronize fans for not knowing what they’re talking about because they’ve never played the game, instead of using the opportunity to teach. Here, Harrison offers information and makes the fanbase better by helping us understand what went wrong on those plays and what his responsibilities were. It’s moments like these that make you appreciate a good player even more. Here’s hoping Harrison remains this impressive on the field and this honest off it.
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