Lions GM Bob Quinn told season ticket holders on Monday that they’ll at least consider the possibility of drafting a quarterback in round one if they feel it can help the team long term.
“We’ll consider any position in the draft at any point in time, whether it’s the eighth overall pick or we have multiple picks later in the draft,” Quinn said, via ESPN.com. “We’re in a position now with the eighth overall pick that the whole draft board is really wide open to us. We’re not going to really eliminate any prospects.
“In previous years, at least my last couple years here, we’ve drafted anywhere from 16 to 22 I believe. It’s a little bit different for us this year. There’s a few more players that are going to be available and if there’s a quarterback out there that we deem could help us this year or in the future, we’ll never close the door on that.”
Last month, Quinn told reporters that Matthew Stafford was going to remain the team’s quarterback for the foreseeable future.
“Matthew Stafford is our quarterback,” Quinn said. “He will be our quarterback here. Listen, this guy is a really talented player and myself, the coaches, need to put him in better situations to allow him to use his skill set.”
However, Stafford’s future with the team has been an increasingly popular topic in recent years, especially after he put together one of his worst statistical seasons in 2018.
Even so, Stafford’s contract includes $19 million guaranteed for the 2019 season and another $6 million becomes guaranteed for the 2020 season if he’s still on the Lions’ roster as of the fifth day of the 2019 league year.
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