Poll: Did General Manager Bob Quinn Make a Mistake Not Drafting Lamar Jackson?
It's 2018, and the Detroit Lions possess the No. 20 overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Recall, general manager Bob Quinn had just relieved Jim Caldwell of his head coaching duties and hired Matt Patricia.
This is the first draft that Quinn and Patricia are working together to improve the roster.
Seemingly, Patricia and Quinn should be aware that the backup position behind franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford isn't solidified.
With the pick, the Lions did not draft a player on defense that could've helped out the struggling unit.
Instead, they chose to select center Frank Ragnow out of Arkansas.
University of Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson is subsequently selected with the final pick in the first round by the Baltimore Ravens.
In that year's draft class, the Lions did not select any quarterbacks at all.
Instead, they drafted running back Kerryon Johnson, defensive back Tracy Walker, defensive lineman Da'Shawn Hand, offensive lineman Tyrell Crosby and fullback Nick Bawden.
Former Ravens passer Joe Flacco suffered a hip injury in Week 9 of the 2018 season.
Jackson, in his rookie season, performed admirably going 6–1 at the helm.
Since taking over the starting job from the established veteran in Flacco, Jackson has been the talk of the NFL.
He is performing at such a high level right now that his own coach John Harbaugh has stated that Jackson is changing the game.
Stafford finished up the 2018 season with a back injury, and now has missed game action in 2019 due to fractured bones in his back.
His status for the remainder of the season remains unclear.
What is clear, though, is that the Lions had an opportunity to select the heir apparent in 2018, but chose not to.
Do you think this was a colossal mistake?