With their first round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft the Detroit Lions select Taylor Decker, offensive tackle from Ohio State. Decker is a big man at 6’7″ and weighing about 310lbs. His combine numbers were not the greatest, not measuring in the top 5 at any drill for his position, but the scouting reports on him are that he has a natural strength, athleticism, and is a leader. He served as a captain for the Ohio State Buckeyes and played both left and right tackle in college. While both Bob Quinn and Jim Caldwell both said they do not want to pigeon hole Decker into a position yet, he is likely going to plug into the starting offensive line in some way before the 2016 season begins. The obvious thought is that Decker plays right tackle this year, and possibly moves to left tackle next year depending on Riley Reiff‘s situation.
Taylor Decker comes from a winning college program, having lost very few games and winning a national championship along the way. The winning attitude and culture will help the Lions in what they are trying to build. With the big need being the offensive line, Bob Quinn filled on of the holes in a big way with Decker.
With rounds 2 and 3 expected Friday night, the Lions have two picks as of right now, one guaranteed as they cannot trade their 3rd round compensatory pick, I expect Quinn to hit the defense pretty heavily. Several quality defensive tackles fell to round two and I would expect to see a defensive tackle or defensive end selected in the second. In the third, a safety might make sense, but if a player like Myles Jack continues to fall, Quinn might be tempted to gamble on his upside.