Grading Bob Quinn's Second-Round Draft Picks

John Maakaron

Detroit Lions rookie running back D'Andre Swift is still learning opposing defenses, and adjusting to life in the NFL. 

Seemingly, he has rebounded nicely from his opening game mishap, in which he dropped the game-winning touchdown against the Chicago Bears.

Unfortunately, Swift only recorded six offensive snaps against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 3, and Lions offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell is leaning towards increasing the workload of veteran running back Adrian Peterson.

In reviewing the second-round draft choices of Detroit general manager Bob Quinn, one thing becomes evident -- the franchise has simply not reaped the rewards of drafting at that position under Quinn. 

Here are the grades for the five players Quinn has selected in the second round during his tenure in Detroit. 

A'Shawn Robinson: C-

2019 was quite disappointing for the talented defensive lineman.

Following a 2018 season in which he recorded 49 tackles in 13 games, Robinson's playing time steadily declined under head coach Matt Patricia. 

Robinson signed with the Rams this offseason, and has started the 2020 season on injured reserve.

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Former Lions defensive lineman A'Shawn Robinson© Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Teez Tabor: F

Tabor holds the distinction of being the player Quinn publicly stated he watched the most film on and did the most scouting on prior to being selected in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. 

Unfortunately, the tape didn't lie, and Tabor's speed significantly hindered his ability to play in Detroit's secondary. 

He never made much of an impact in Detroit, and was released prior to the 2019 season.

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Former Lions defensive back Teez Tabor© Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press, Detroit Free Press via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Kerryon Johnson: C

Johnson has battled injuries his first two seasons in the league.

Unfortunately, his role has been diminished with the arrival of Peterson in 2020. 

Johnson is now spelling the 35-year-old veteran running back, and has been relegated to a run-blocking role to start the season.

Granted, any role should be relished. But, Quinn could have found a blocking back much later in the draft instead of using Johnson in this role. 

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Detroit Lions running back Kerryon JohnsonKirthmon F. Dozier, Imagn Content Services, LLC

Jahlani Tavai: B- 

Tavai ended his rookie campaign with 54 tackles, two sacks, five tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one interception. 

His tackling has been impressive, and he appears to be steadily improving weekly since the coaching staff has placed more trust in him. 

His responsibilities increased in Week 3 against the Cardinals. 

Jarrad Davis has struggled mightily, and this season will be an opportunity for Tavai to cement himself as Quinn's best second-round pick. 

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© Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

D'Andre Swift: C-

His debut against the Bears will unfortunately be remembered for a mistake that cost his team a touchdown late in a close football game. 

The start to his career has been slow, and is understandable to some degree due to the altered offseason and lack of preseason games. 

Swift will gain playing time steadily, and will become a threat in the passing game sooner rather than later. 

Learning from a future Hall of Famer in Peterson should aid in his development, and Detroit's offense should suit Swift's abilities. 

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Detroit Lions running back D'Andre Swift© Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

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Comments (12)
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LeoBoiler
LeoBoiler

I agree on Robinson and Tabor. Robinson was the casualty of a new defensive system than what he was drafted for. Tabor was a new GM trying to beat his chest a bit - and it’s always good to eat a little humble pie and bring you back to earth. So I don’t fault him too much - the Lions selected a first time GM, he has to learn on the job as well.

Tavai was certainly a surprise pick, wish he was a little faster but he does mix it up inside and is more consistent than Davis (another guy drafted for a different defensive system). Swift is certainly a B at least, he looks good moves well and catches passes well - can’t really give a guy a grade after 3 games and coming off an injury in camp.

Tefkam
Tefkam

I generally agree with all but Tavai. He is a D+

MiltPlum
MiltPlum

Tavai looks he's lost and wear cement shoes.

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John Maakaron
John Maakaron

Editor

He played primarily on the EDGE against Ari and didn't do all that badly! It's only his second season in a complicated system. I think some patience with him will be rewarded. Seems like a hard worker and wants to get better. Better than Davis, but that is not saying much

Tefkam
Tefkam

Tavai is way too slow for a starter in the NFL. You can't teach speed. A huge draft reach and not a starter on most teams.

DetroitsFinest1
DetroitsFinest1

Swift will get it better, but wow Quinn’s drafting hasn’t been that great in round 1 and 2

ATK49
ATK49

Tavai was decent against Ari

Andria m
Andria m

Quinn really said he spent the most time on Tabor? Wow

Lions4Ever
Lions4Ever

Isn’t it a little too soon to grade Swift?


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